In fact the National Hurricane Center gives this a 60% chance of developing into a tropical cyclone in the next 5 days as it tracks westward.
Forecasters expect Gert to remain at least 250 miles away from the Atlantic coast, but that's still close enough to produce swelling that will boost wave heights and likely increase the risk of unsafe rip currents along the Jersey Shore, New York City and Long Island beaches, DE and the Carolinas, according to AccuWeather and the National Weather Service.
As of noon, the storm was still 398 nautical miles west-southwest of Bermuda and moving north with 40 knot winds and gusts reaching 50 knots.
It's moving west at 15 miles per hour over the Atlantic and forecasters said environmental conditions are expected to be generally conducive for development of this disturbance for the next several days.
Tropical Storm Gert, which formed on Sunday off the coast of Florida, poses no threat to land as it moves away from the East Coast.
Gert will steer clear of land, including the US coast, but there still could be rip current risks along the beaches and waves.
Gert is forecast to turn to the northeast on Tuesday as it strengthens into a hurricane by evening.