Share this article:
Hurricane Gert has reached Category 2 strength and will create dangerous seas and surf along the East Coast of the United States into Thursday.
Tropical Depression 8 strengthened into Tropical Storm Gert on Sunday afternoon northeast of the Bahamas, before developing into a hurricane late on Monday.
Gert became a Category 2 hurricane on Wednesday with sustained winds of 100 mph (161 km/h). The storm has become the strongest hurricane of the 2017 Atlantic season.
Gert will not make landfall in the United states or Canada.
"Gert's closest approach to the U.S. was near Cape Hatteras, North Carolina," according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.
"[The system] was roughly the same distance between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, or between 250 and 260 miles for a time on Tuesday."
The swells generated from Gert caused heavy wave action and stong rip currents along much of the east coast of the U.S. from Monday through Wednesday.
AccuWeather Hurricane Center
UK: Gert to bring local downpours Sunday night into Tuesday
How to avoid the potentially deadly grip of a rip current
How do hurricanes get their names?
Harvey to continue risk of flooding in Central America, southeastern Mexico into midweek
On Thursday the roughest seas and surf conditions will extend from Massachusetts to Newfoundland. Seas and surf will begin to subside farther south.
Bathers will want to use caution and only swim when and where a lifeguard is present.
The storm will accelerate to the northeast and eventually be absorbed by a non-tropical system over the open waters of the northern Atlantic.
Gert is forecast to stay well southeast of Nova Scotia but could pass within a couple of hundred miles (320 km) southeast of the Avalon Peninsula of Newfoundland on Thursday.
"The system is likely to affect Ireland and the northern part of the United Kingdom as a tropical rainstorm with a period of gusty winds and rough seas this weekend," according to AccuWeather International Meteorologist Eric Leister.
Gradual development may occur as multiple systems cross the open waters of the south-central Atlantic over the next week.
The lead system in the bunch may reach the Leeward or Windward Islands at the end of the week.
Comments that don't add to the conversation may be automatically or manually removed by Facebook or AccuWeather. Profanity, personal attacks, and spam will not be tolerated.
Twelve people were injured when a flying lava bomb punctured the roof of a lava tour boat, causing a large hole in the vessel.
While Trump and Putin met for a summit in Helsinki, Finland, on Monday morning, a message about climate change was hung from a church by an environmental activist group.
En promedio, 37 niños mueren anualmente al ser olvidados dentro de un auto.
The tournament is being held in eastern Scotland, a region which has a history of extreme weather that can create chaos for golfers and spectators.
Following a push of dry air during the middle part of this week, a humid and rather wet weather pattern is forecast to evolve over the eastern third of the nation during the latter part of July.
The ongoing Kilauea volcano eruptions in Hawaii have led to the formation of a tiny, new piece of land made of lava, which was initially considered to be an island.
An organizing tropical threat will heighten the risk for flooding from the Philippines to Vietnam and Laos into midweek.
A grueling heat wave caused at least eight deaths across Japan since Saturday, and the dangerous conditions are not forecast to subside through the duration of the week.