13 August, 2017
The next name on the list is Gert if Eight becomes a tropical storm.
The Tropical Depression is expected to stay well off to our east and will not impact our coast here in North Carolina.
A tropical depression formed Saturday night (Aug. 12) off the East Coast in the Atlantic Ocean, according to the National Hurricane Center.
99L is now moving northwest and might gather strength as upper-level winds become more favorable for its development over the weekend.
Of more concern, though, is a system located 200 miles north of the northern Leeward Islands, 99L, which has a 50 percent chance of developing into a tropical cyclone over the next five days.
The environment around this storm is improving, with less wind shear and dry air, but these still not ideal conditions should keep Tropical Depression Eight from getting too strong.
The Atlantic has had six named storms, including one hurricane (Franklin), so far this year.
Tropical Depression Eight will take the alleyway in between those large-scale weather systems. Swimmers at the southeastern USA beaches, the eastern coast of the Bahamas and Bermuda may face an increased risk for rip currents.
The Atlantic hurricane season runs through November 30.