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Tropical Storm Gert expected to have 'minimal impact' to Florida: forecasters

Tropical Storm Gert expected to have 'minimal impact' to Florida: forecasters

The Hurricane Center says these swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.

The storm is located about 460 miles (735 km) west-southwest of Bermuda, with maximum sustained winds 60 mph (95 km/h).

At 5 a.m. on Monday the National Hurricane Center said Gert had maximum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour and was moving north-northwest at 9 miles per hour away from land.

A similar situation is anticipated in New York City and Long Island, although it's not yet part of the official weather service forecast, said John Murray, a meteorologist at the weather service's office in Upton, N.Y.

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This uncertainty is typical for this far out in time, particularly when a tropical cyclone has yet to develop.

"By mid-week, we'll have some 5-foot waves along the ocean".

A tropical storm formed off the coast of the Bahamas has a relatively low chance of impacting Central Florida, according to the National Weather Service in Melbourne.

On its current track, Gert is forecast to pass between the USA and Bermuda on Tuesday.