Posted: Friday, July 24, 2020. 8:40 am CST.
By BBN Staff: The National Hurricane Center is monitoring Tropical Storm Gonzalo.
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for St. Lucia, Barbados, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines while a a Tropical Storm Watch is in effect forTobago, Grenada and its dependencies.
Hurricane or tropical storm conditions are possible within the respective watch areas on Saturday.
Interests elsewhere in the Windward Islands should monitor the progress of this system.
As of this morning, the center of Tropical Storm Gonzalo was located over the Atlantic Ocean about 645 miles (1040 km) east of the southern Windward Islands.
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 tonight and move across these islands Saturday and into the eastern Caribbean Sea Sunday.
Maximum sustained winds are near 60 mph (95 km/h) with higher gusts.
Gonzalo is a small tropical cyclone.
Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles (35 km) from the center.
Some strengthening is forecasted to take place during the next day or two, and there is still a chance that Gonzalo could become a hurricane before reaching the Windward Islands.
Weakening is expected after Gonzalo moves into the Caribbean Sea, and the cyclone is expected to dissipate by the middle of next week.
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