Update (July 23)(5:15ET)): The National Hurricane Center (NHC) tweeted early Thursday morning that Tropical Storm Gonzalo is expected to “strengthen again” and “become a hurricane later today.”
NHC said Barbados had issued a hurricane watch. Gonzalo could strike the tiny island on Saturday.
“Busy in the Tropics,” tweeted meteorologist Brian Shields, who posted a weather map showing not just Gonzalo is barreling towards the Caribbean but Tropical Depression 8 is approaching Texas.
Here’s a more detailed map of Tropical Depression 8’s potential path towards Texas this weekend.
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Update (8:55ET): Tropical Depression Seven has formed into Tropical Storm Gonzalo on Wednesday morning. The system is expected to move toward the Caribbean by the end of the week.
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Tropical Depression Seven is traversing the Atlantic Ocean between Africa and the Lesser Antilles and has a 90% chance it could strengthen into Tropical Storm Gonzalo in the next 48 hours, according to Colorado State University meteorologist Philip Klotzbach.
Klotzbach tweeted, “Tropical Depression 7 has formed in the central tropical Atlantic and is forecast to become a named storm” on Wednesday.
He said the sea surface temperatures in the North Atlantic correlate with “active Atlantic hurricane seasons.”
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