Posted: Thursday, July 23, 2020. 9:13 am CST.
By BBN Staff: The National Hurricane Center is closely monitoring Tropical Storm Gonzalo as it begins to affect portions of the Windward Islands.
A hurricane watch is now in effect for Barbados and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Interests in the Windward Islands should monitor the progress of this system.
Additional watches or warnings will likely be required for some of these islands later today.
As of this morning, the center of tropical storm Gonzalo was located near latitude 9.6 North, longitude 48.3 West.
Gonzalo is moving toward the west near 14 mph (22 km/h).
A westward to west-northwestward motion with an increase in forward speed is expected 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.
Maximum sustained winds are near 65 mph (100 km/h) with higher gusts.
Some strengthening is forecast during the next couple of days, and Gonzalo could become a hurricane tonight or on Friday.
Gonzalo is a small storm and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles (55 km) from the center.
Gonzalo is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 2 to 5 inches, with isolated maximum amounts of 7 inches in Barbados and the Windward Islands from Friday night through Sunday night.
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