Weekend tropical outlook: A depression could develop in the Atlantic

99L strengthened into TD eight forecast to strengthen but stay away from any land

99L strengthened into TD eight forecast to strengthen but stay away from any land

Meteorologists at the National Hurricane Center have their eyes on two disturbances in the Atlantic, one of which is situated just off the east coast of Florida.

A low pressure area located about 150 miles northeast of the Turks and Caicos Islands Saturday morning has become a little better defined and the shower activity has increased somewhat since Friday.

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

Tropical Depression Eight's sustained winds are at 35 miles per hour and the minimum pressure is at 1011 millibars. A tropical storm will pass by the coast of North Carolina early this week, but the rain and wind will stay well offshore.

The disturbance is forecast to move northwestward through the weekend and to turn northeastward - away from the USA coast - early next week. It's expected to remain east of the United States. The National Hurricane Center is forecasting tropical storm strength by Sunday night, which will make tropical storm Gert, the seventh named storm of the season.

The rest of the basin remains quiet at this time with only a few weak tropical waves moving over the open waters.

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