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Gert still strengthening, but passing well east of the US

Hurricane Gert is tracking to the northeast about halfway between the North Carolina coast and Bermuda. 

Hurricane Gert is tracking to the northeast about halfway between the North Carolina coast and Bermuda. Gert's sustained winds have increased to 90 mph as of early Tuesday morning, still a Category 1 hurricane.

Further intensification is expected through Wednesday as the storm remains over warm ocean waters and in an area of low wind shear.

Hurricane Gert will continue to move northeastward as it rides along the outer periphery of an area of high pressure to its east, well to the east of the east coast of the United States.

The main impacts for both Bermuda and the eastern U.S. will be higher waves, rough surf and an increased threat for rip currents into Wednesday.

Later Wednesday night, Gert will begin to accelerate to the northeast and be swept into the open waters of the North Atlantic Wednesday and Thursday. The system will become post-tropical later in the week as it passes over colder water.

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