Florida, US in clear as tropical depression grows in strength

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The forecast is for TD 8 to strengthen into a tropical storm and move north northwest.

Maximum sustained winds were 40 mph and extended some 80 miles northeast of the storm's center, the Hurricane Center's advisory said.

The storm is expected to bring a higher risk of rip currents to Florida's east coast, according to Jessie Smith, meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

This storm will likely become Tropical Storm Gert by Sunday night or early Monday.

The depression had winds of 35 miles per hour. That disturbance developed into Tropical Depression Eight Saturday evening.

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Meanwhile, the NHC has started tracking a recently emerged low pressure area off the west coast of Africa with a slight, 20 percent probability of becoming the Atlantic's next tropical cyclone in the next five days.

Stay tuned to News 5 on-air, online and be sure to follow the First Alert Storm Team on social media for the latest updates as we continue through this Hurricane Season.

A slow strengthening is expected in the next day or two.

The Atlantic hurricane season runs through November 30.

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