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Tropical Storm Gonzalo expected to become a hurricane on Thursday

Posted at 4:52 PM, Jul 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-22 23:14:35-04

(WTXL) — Tropical Storm Gonzalo is expected to become a hurricane on Thursday.

A hurricane watch has been issued for Barbados.

Tropical Storm Gonzalo gathered more strength late Wednesday night over the open waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

Gonzalo's peak winds are near 50 mph. Its center is about 1000 miles east of the southern Windward Islands.

The storm is moving west at 12 mph.

Additional strengthening is forecast during the next couple of days, and Gonzalo is expected to become a hurricane by Thursday. By the time it makes it into the eastern Caribbean this weekend it is forecast to weaken back into a Tropical Storm as it enters a more harsh environment for tropical development.

'Gonzalo' is the earliest 7th named storm in Atlantic Hurricane Season history.

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