Posted: Thursday, July 23, 2020. 2:37 pm CST.
By BBN Staff: The National Hurricane Center (NHC) is closely monitoring Tropical Storm Gonzalo in the Atlantic.
A Hurricane Watch continues for Barbados, St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area by Saturday afternoon, with tropical storm conditions possible by midday Saturday.
Interests in the Windward Islands should monitor the progress of this system.
The center of Tropical Storm Gonzalo was located over the Atlantic Ocean about 850 miles (1370 km) east of the southern Windward Islands.
It’s moving toward the west near 14 mph (22 km/h).
A westward to west- orthwestward motion with an increase in forward speed is expected to occur through the weekend.
On the forecast track, the center of Gonzalo will approach the southern Windward Islands Friday night and move across the islands Saturday and Saturday evening.
Satellite-derived wind data indicate that maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 60 mph (95 km/h) with higher gusts.
The satellite wind data indicate that Gonzalo is an even smaller storm than previously thought, and tropical-storm-force winds only extend outward up to 25 miles (35 km) from the center.
Some re-strengthening is possible during the next couple of days, and there is still a chance that Gonzalo could become a hurricane.
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