FIRST ALERT- Tropical Depression 8 has formed - WMBFNews.com, Myrtle Beach/Florence SC, Weather

FIRST ALERT- Tropical Depression 8 has formed

11PM Update Tropical Depression 8 11PM Update Tropical Depression 8

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF)- The tropics are staying active and through the weekend, we could have our next named storm (Gert).

The National Hurricane Center has upgraded an area of thunderstorms in the Atlantic about 200 miles north of the Turks and Caicos to Tropical Depression 8. This storm has become a bit more organized and could still strengthen over the next couple days to reach a tropical storm by as early as Sunday. It is not expected to reach hurricane strength (winds of 74+ mph).

If it becomes a tropical storm, with winds of 39 MPH, it will be named Gert, the 7th tropical storm of the season. The NHC advisory includes the likely track of the storm staying well off the coast and curving into the open ocean. 

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