Tropical Depression Eight forms in Atlantic

Tropical Storm Gert expected to form

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.

The depression is expected to develop into a tropical storm on Sunday.

The Tropical Depression is expected to stay well off to our east and will not impact our coast here in North Carolina. The system had sustained winds of 35 miles per hour with gusts up to 46 miles per hour late Saturday night.

99L is now moving northwest and might gather strength as upper-level winds become more favorable for its development over the weekend.

Wall Street finished a hard week on a high note
The Russian dollar-traded index RTS was down 1.49 percent, and ruble-traded MICEX fell 1.29 percent by midday. They have soared over 2 percent in the previous two sessions, and are set for a weekly gain of 2.25 percent.

The disturbance is forecast to move northwestward through the weekend and to turn northeastward - away from the USA coast - early next week.

A turn toward the north is forecast to occur Sunday night, followed by a turn to the north-northeast on Monday.

That wave has just moved off the coast of Africa and is expected to move westward over the next few days. It has a 20 percent chance of becoming a tropical depression over the next five days.

We are getting into the peak of the hurricane season.

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