At 5 a.m., the center of Tropical Depression No. 8 was located about 310 miles north-northeast of the southern Bahamas.
99L is now moving northwest and might gather strength as upper-level winds become more favorable for its development over the weekend.
A tropical depression formed Sunday in the Atlantic Ocean and is expected to become a tropical storm later in the day. The National Hurricane Center is forecasting tropical storm strength by Sunday night, which will make tropical storm Gert, the seventh named storm of the season.
The storm is expected to intensify over the next 48 hours as it moves over warm water. It is expected to be pushed off to the east by a non-tropical system on Tuesday or Wednesday according to AccuWeather, and is not seen as a direct threat to the USA coast.
At the moment, it appears this alleyway will set up far enough east that the US would avoid any direct impacts, but increased surf along the East Coast is possible. The NHC advises that it is still capable of dropping heavy rains on Florida over the next few days, though, even if it doesn't organize.