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Tropical Storm Gert brushing past Bermuda
Tropical Storm Gert brushing past Bermuda as it moves over open Atlantic
By The Associated Press

HAMILTON, Bermuda (AP) ' Tropical Storm Gert on Monday kicked up choppy seas along Bermuda's coast as it passed well east of the wealthy British archipelago, where the weather was mostly sunny with only a light breeze.

By late Monday morning, the Bermuda Weather Service discontinued a tropical storm warning for the isolated island chain in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.

Gert, the seventh tropical storm of this year's Atlantic hurricane season, was moving north at 12 mph (19 kph) and had maximum sustained winds of 60 mph (95 kph), according to an advisory from the National Hurricane Center in Miami. The storm, which formed Sunday afternoon, was about 95 miles (155 kilometers) east-southeast of Bermuda.

Tourists said the relatively small storm had little impact on their vacations to Bermuda, which lies about 580 miles (933 kilometers) east of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.

Matthew Cordeiro, a 32-year-old man from the Providence, Rhode Island, area who was visiting Bermuda with his wife, said they were unaware of the storm.

"As long as it's gone by Tuesday when we fly out, it's OK," Cordeiro said.

A spokesman at L.F. Wade International Airport said Monday there have been no flight disruptions.

On Sunday, some cautious locals hauled their boats onto beaches and shuttered their homes. But most residents of Bermuda, where basic storm preparations are a familiar routine, took it in stride.

Steven and Eileen Chapman, of the south London borough of Croydon, which was impacted by last week's riots across England, said Gert would not crimp their much-needed vacation to Bermuda with their two boys.

"It seems very peaceful in Bermuda in comparison to Croydon," said Steven Chapman, who has visited Bermuda 14 times before. "We're not concerned about the storm. The hotel has not advertised it as a major concern."

The Hurricane Center said Gert should gradually turn toward the north-northeast later Monday and toward the northeast after that. It could get stronger over the next 24 hours as it remains over relatively warm water, the center's forecasters said.

Far below Gert, a tropical wave about 325 miles (520 kilometers) east of the islands of the Lesser Antilles was generating a large expanse of clouds and thunderstorms. The Hurricane Center gave it a 10 percent chance of development over the next two days.


Associated Press writer David McFadden in Kingston, Jamaica, contributed to this report.

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