Hurricane Gert expected to turn northeast today

Credit: National Hurricane Center/NOAA

MIAMI (AP) — Forecasters say Gert strengthened Monday to become the second hurricane of the season in the Atlantic Ocean.

The National Hurricane Center says Gert was about 450 miles west of Bermuda early Tuesday and had maximum sustained winds of 75 mph. The storm was moving north at 12 mph.

Gert is expected to strengthen in the next 48 hours. The forecast calls for it to turn toward the northeast and increase its forward speed Tuesday night.

Swells generated by Gert will begin to affect portions of Bermuda and the U.S. East Coast — from North Carolina to New York — over the next couple of days.

No coastal watches or warnings are in effect, but the hurricane center says these swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.

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