Storm Gert is expected to pass the Outer Banks well offshore on
Tuesday, however no major effects are expected on Hatteras or Ocracoke
islands as the storm moves up the coastline.
Sunday afternoon, Gert became the seventh named storm of the 2017
Atlantic hurricane season, which makes 2017 an already above-active
year for storm activity. Only three other years have had at least seven
named storms by August 13, which includes 1936, 1995 and 2005.
is expected to get stronger within the next several days, and could
reach hurricane status by Wednesday morning, after it breezes past the
Outer Banks. Forecasters predict that it will continue heading
northeast in the next several days, with no major impacts on the
Gert will continue to remain several hundred miles offshore, the system
may generate some surf swells along the Outer Banks on Tuesday, and
beach-goers should be on the lookout for possible rip currents as well.
National Hurricane Center is also watching a new development off the
coastline of Africa which has a chance of developing into a storm
within the next five days.