The fairly active tropical wave ('99-L') of the past 10 days or so has finally organized into tropical depression #8 & will soon be tropical storm "Gert". No change in the expected sharp turn to the north then northeast thanks to a weak but still significant upper level trough + surface cold front along the east coast of the U.S. This set-up will keep the tropical cyclone well to the east of Jacksonville/Fl. & the entire U.S. coastline + well to the west & north of Bermuda.
There will be a bit of an uptick in wave action & rip current risk early in the upcoming week from Florida to Chesapeake Bay.Read more