TROPICS: "Gert" becomes the 7th Tropical Storm of the season

TROPICS: "Gert" becomes the 7th Tropical Storm of the season

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) - Tropical Storm Gert is now churning in the Atlantic between the US coast and the island of Bermuda.

As of Sunday night, TS Gert has winds of 45 MPH and its center of circulation is 600 miles off the coast of Myrtle Beach. It is expected to remain a tropical storm through Monday. The NHC now anticipates it strengthening late Tuesday to make it to hurricane strength (winds of 74 MPH) before beginning to dissipate by Thursday in the central Atlantic Ocean.

According to the latest NHC update, Gert is already beginning its curve away from the US coast, as it shifts from moving northwest to straight north. It will continue to shift to moving northeast through Monday. It will then go straight into the central Atlantic Ocean where it is not expected to make landfall of any kind.

As it stays off shore, Gert could allow for higher surf conditions along the beaches through Tuesday. Otherwise, no direct impacts are expected in the Grand Strand from this storm.

"Gert" becomes the 7th named tropical storm of the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season. The next names on the NHC's names list are "Harvey," "Irma" and "Jose."

Additionally, there is a small area off the coast of Africa with a low chance of development over the next few days. We are a few weeks from the height of the Atlantic Hurricane Season, which is around September 10th.