Weekend tropical outlook: A depression could develop in the Atlantic

Weekend tropical outlook: A depression could develop in the Atlantic

A tropical depression in the western Atlantic is expected to become a tropical storm later today.

If wind speed grows to 39 miles per hour, the National Hurricane Center it would become Tropical Storm Gert.

Gert has sustained winds of 40mph and gusts up to 50mph.

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A slow strengthening is expected in the next day or two.

After a brief break in the rain for most of Acadiana on Sunday widespread scattered showers and storms will return Monday and Tuesday afternoon.

Tropical Depression Eight has formed a few hundred miles northeast of the Bahamas, and it could pick up surf along the East Coast. It is expected to remain a tropical storm through the first half of next week. However, well before it reaches the east coast of the U.S.it is forecast to turn towards the northeast and move out to sea.

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Meanwhile, the NHC has started tracking a recently emerged low pressure area off the west coast of Africa with a slight, 20 percent probability of becoming the Atlantic's next tropical cyclone in the next five days.

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