Odds 50-50 tropical wave north of Puerto Rico becomes a depression

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A tropical depression formed Saturday night (Aug. 12) off the East Coast in the Atlantic Ocean, according to the National Hurricane Center. The system was expected to continue heading to the northwest Friday, then turn north over the weekend.

Unfavorable conditions have limited significant development over the past few days. If wind speed grows to 39 miles per hour, the National Hurricane Center it would become Tropical Storm Gert.

Previously dubbed Invest 99L, this system has become a little better defined and the shower and thunderstorm activity has increased, allowing the upgrade to Tropical Depression Eight.

Tropical Depression Eight will attempt to strengthen into the newest tropical storm offshore of the southeastern United States in the coming day or two.

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There's also still a chance that dry air in the region could keep it in check.

The next named storm that forms in the Atlantic will be Gert. It's expected to head north Sunday night before veering east Monday. Swimmers at the southeastern USA beaches, the eastern coast of the Bahamas and Bermuda may face an increased risk for rip currents.

Check back with us at weather.com for the latest on this, and everything in the tropics this hurricane season.

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