Tropical Storm Gert heads north

Heavy rain predicted for Bermuda as storm skirts to the east

MIAMI (UPI) | August 15, 2011

Tropical Storm Gert moved northward and was expected to pass just east of Bermuda, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said Monday.

With Gert about 100 miles southeast of Bermuda, the island was under a tropical storm warning, the center said in its 8 a.m. EDT advisory.

Gert was expected to pass near Bermuda later in the day.

The tropical storm had maximum sustained winds of 60 mph and was traveling on a northerly path at 14 mph.

The center said the storm was expected to strengthen during the next day or so.

Gert was expected to produce 1-3 inches of rain on Bermuda, forecasters said. Large swells, likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip-current conditions, were approaching the island.

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