Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Tropical depression forecast to become Tropical Storm Gert today

Tropical depression forecast to become Tropical Storm Gert today

A tropical depression pushing north-northwest in the Atlantic Ocean is expected to become Tropical Storm Gert later Sunday, but the system poses no threat to Florida or the U.S. East Coast, forecasters predict. That system is forecast to move westward over the next couple of days and merge with a broad area of low pressure located southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands.

A tropical wave that has just moved off the coast of Africa has a 20 percent chance of becoming a tropical depression over the next five days as it moves westward.

Orlando will reach a high of 94 degrees Sunday with a 60 percent coverage of rain.

Showers are pushing east of the region this morning and a mostly sunny day is on tap to close out the weekend.

"Since we get a lot of heating through the day, we could see some strong, slow moving storms mainly for Orange, Brevard, Osceola and parts of Volusia counties", Evans said. Under clear skies Sunday night lows will drop back into the middle and upper 50s. Wind will be coming from the southwest at 5 miles per hour. At this point our next chance for showers may hold off until Friday.

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