Tropical Storm Gonzalo formed Wednesday morning over the open Atlantic and is headed west toward a potential rendezvous with the Caribbean by early next week. Gonzalo is the earliest “G” storm on record in the tropical Atlantic. According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC), Gonzalo is forecast to become a hurricane by Thursday, but it should subsequently weaken back to tropical storm status soon after that.
Tropical Storm GONZALO will be approaching the islands by tomorrow Thursday producing scattered showers and possibly thunderstorms. Tropical storm Gonzalo was located near latitude 9.9 degrees north, longitude 43.6 degrees west or about 1196 miles or 1926 kilometers east southeast of Saint Lucia. Maximum sustained winds are near 50 mph or 85 km/h. Additional strengthening is forecast during the next couple of days
The storm is moving toward the west at 14 mph or 22 km/h. It is projected to move across the southern Windward Islands on Saturday.Residents and interests in the Windward Islands are advised to closely monitor the progress of this system.A third tropical wave located over the far eastern tropical Atlantic is moving westward near 14 mph or 23 km/h.