Development of a named storm appears likely within the next 48 hours to five days, according to the National Hurricane Center.
While Hurricane Gert moves away in the North Atlantic, three other potential systems continue to draw attention from the National Hurricane Center.
A tropical depression could form later today about 550 miles east of the Lesser Antilles. Shower activity associated with the low pressure system became better organized overnight, the hurricane center said Thursday morning and so did the circulation.
Development of this system is rated at 80 percent over the next 48 hours and 90 percent over the next five days, according to NHC.
The system is expected to bring heavy rainfall and gusty winds across the Lesser Antilles and the eastern Caribbean later Thursday and Friday, wrote hurricane specialist Jack Beven in a morning tropical outlook from the center.
An Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter is being dispatched Thursday to look at the storm.
The most likely path of this system is westward across the Caribbean this weekend, which could bring the system near Central America early next week.
Shower activity associated with a second area of low pressure between the Antilles and Africa also has become better organized. As that system moves toward the Leeward Islands over the weekend, conditions are expected to be less conducive for storm formation. The center gives the system a 60 percent chance of becoming a named storm within the next five days.
In an Accuweather report Thursday morning, this is the system (dubbed 92L) with the best chance to affect Florida and other U.S. coastal waters.
"If 92L can overcome the dry air, it has a chance at becoming a depression or tropical storm this weekend," said AccuWeather hurricane expert Dan Kottlowski.
And finally, a tropical wave in the far eastern Atlantic has a 40 percent chance of becoming a tropical depression or storm over the next five days, forecasters said.
At 5 a.m., Gert was located near latitude 41.7 North, longitude 54.0 West, moving rapidly toward the east-northeast near 39 mph. That motion is expected to continue throughout Thursday.
NHC reports that maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 100 mph with higher gusts.
While Gert moves off into the North Atlantic, the hurricane center did note that swells generated by Gert will continue to affect the coast of the northeastern United States and Atlantic Canada through tonight. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.
Dinah Voyles Pulver with the Daytona Beach News-Journal contributed to this report.