HAMILTON, Bermuda — Residents of Bermuda installed storm shutters and hauled their boats onto beaches in preparation for Tropical Storm Gert, which slowly strengthened Sunday over the Atlantic as it approached the wealthy British archipelago.
A tropical storm warning was is in effect for Bermuda, though the National Hurricane Center in Miami said Gert's center was still about 170 miles south-southeast from the isolated island chain Sunday night.
Gert, the seventh tropical storm of this year's Atlantic hurricane season, was moving north-northwest at 12 mph and had maximum sustained winds of 45 mph. The storm, which formed Sunday afternoon, is expected near or just east of Bermuda today. It is projected to remain well away from the U.S. East Coast.
"We're gearing up for a windy night," said Jeff Torgerson, a meteorologist with the Bermuda Weather Service.
Below Gert, a trough of low pressure located 425 miles north-northeast of the northern Leeward Islands is generating some showers and thunderstorms. U.S. forecasters said it has a 30 percent chance of becoming a tropical cyclone.