Tropical Storm Gert weakens after brushing Bermuda
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
MIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Gert is weakening as it heads north into the open waters of the Atlantic after skirting past Bermuda.
The storm’s maximum sustained winds have decreased to 45 mph (75 kph) early Tuesday. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says additional weakening is forecast and Gert will likely lose its tropical characteristics in the next 24 hours.
The storm is centered about 410 miles (660 kilometers) northeast of Bermuda and is moving northeast near 22 mph (35 kph).
Meanwhile in the Pacific, a tropical depression is moving slowly west. The depression, which is far from land, has maximum sustained winds near 35 mph (55 kph). The hurricane center says the depression could become a tropical storm before it moves over cooler waters in a couple of days.