Atlantic system continues to show development potential

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The storm system moving toward the Bahamas and Cuba may develop further. Tropical Storm Gert is expected to become a hurricane sometime today. (image National Hurricane Center)

HOLT, Fla., Aug. 14, 2017–The storm system in the Atlantic Ocean continues to move westward toward the Caribbean Sea.

In the last 24 hours, the National Hurricane Center has doubled its chance of further development to 60 percent during the next five days.

Located several hundred miles west-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands, the system is moving westward at about 15 mph.

Hurricane models have become a little more organized during the past 24 hours. They generally show the system moving west-northwest toward the Bahamas and Cuba.

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Gert is expected to become a hurricane sometime today or this evening.

Gert is located about 400 nautical miles west-southwest of Bermuda and is moving north at 8 mph.

The NHC forecasts swells to begin affecting the portions of the east coast of the United States later today.

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Tropical Storm Gert is expected to become a hurricane today or tonight. (image National Hurricane Center)

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