Tropical Storm Gert Nears Bermuda


MIAMI, Aug. 14 (UPI) — Tropical Storm Gert became the seventh named storm of the Atlantic Ocean hurricane season Sunday and was threatening Bermuda, forecasters said.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said in its 8 p.m. advisory that Gert was about 215 miles south-southeast of Bermuda and was heading to the north-northwest at 8 mph with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph.

The center’s forecasters said Gert was expected to veer north Sunday night or Monday morning and that would put the storm’s center near or just east of Bermuda by the afternoon. The island was under a tropical storm warning.

Bermuda can expect 1-3 inches of rain with life-threatening surf and rip current conditions, forecasters said.

Gert, which became a named storm Sunday afternoon when its winds reached 40 mph, has tropical storm-force winds extended outward up to 70 miles and is expected to strengthen during the next 48 hours.

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