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Hurricane Gert Strengthening in Atlantic

15 Aug 2017, 1:29 pm

Hurricane Gert continues to intensify in the Atlantic, but it remains no threat to land.

Gert became a hurricane on Monday night as it rapidly intensified between the eastern seaboard of the United States and Bermuda, but it’s expected to stay well offshore and only impact both locations with high surf. 

Weaker swimmers along the East Coast and Bermuda should avoid the waters, and small craft advisories are in place through much of the North Carolina and Virginia coastlines.

Gert is already the Atlantic’s seventh named storm, putting it well ahead of schedule for the typical Atlantic season. Usually, the seventh named storm in the Atlantic doesn’t occur until September 16th, and this is the earliest the Atlantic’s gotten to seven named storms in over 10 years. That said, the majority of the early season’s storms have been weaker tropical storms.

Gert became the second hurricane in the Atlantic’s season so far, which usually doesn’t occur until August 28th.

There are several other areas of potential tropical development in the Atlantic, but they’re all still several days away from any possible impacts.

Stay with WeatherNation for the latest on Gert and the tropics.

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi

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