Gert Strengthens into a Hurricane, Spreads Surf Along East Coast

Gert Strengthens into a Hurricane, Spreads Surf Along East Coast

Gert Strengthens into a Hurricane, Spreads Surf Along East Coast

Forecasters say that Gert will gain strength and increase its forward speed in the next day.

Even though Gert is still expected to track around 400 miles off-shore of southern New England Wednesday, the swells from the hurricane will lead to 3-6ft seas in Rhode Island and Block Island Sound. "Some forecast models hinting at a a tropical storm by this weekend as it moves westward".

The entire coast of our state is under a high threat of rip currents thanks to Hurricane Gert.

It adds some tropical moisture from Gert could feed into an existing non-tropical weather system over the region later Wednesday or Thursday.

"Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles [35 km] from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 105 miles [165 km]". The estimated minimum central pressure is 986 mb (29.12 inches).

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The swell will produce waves breaking to two to three metres along parts of the coast, the release said, and rip currents are likely.

Another system, a tropical wave, being watched by forecasters has yet to move off Africa, but is expected to do so within the next two days.

Gert is expected to travel toward the northeast over the open waters of the northern Atlantic Ocean and dissipate by Saturday August 19, 2017.

One located more than 1,000 miles east of the Lesser Antilles, has a 20 percent chance of development over the next 48 hours and 40 percent over the next five days.

Scattered showers are in store for the remainder of Tuesday, with increasing humidity, forecasters said.