Gonzalo Gains Strength – Barbados Issues Hurricane Watch

Tropical Storm Gonzalo Advisory Number   6
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL       AL072020
1100 PM AST Wed Jul 22 2020

...GONZALO A LITTLE STRONGER AND HEADING DUE WEST...
...EXPECTED TO BECOME A HURRICANE BY THURSDAY...
...HURRICANE WATCH ISSUED FOR BARBADOS...


SUMMARY OF 1100 PM AST...0300 UTC...INFORMATION
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LOCATION...9.9N 45.9W
ABOUT 1045 MI...1685 KM E OF THE SOUTHERN WINDWARD ISLANDS
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...60 MPH...95 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...W OR 270 DEGREES AT 12 MPH...19 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...998 MB...29.47 INCHES


WATCHES AND WARNINGS
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The government of Barbados has issued a Hurricane Watch for
Barbados.

Interests in the Windward Islands should monitor the progress of
this system.


DISCUSSION AND OUTLOOK
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At 1100 PM AST (0300 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Gonzalo was
located near latitude 9.9 North, longitude 45.9 West. Gonzalo is
moving toward the west near 12 mph (19 km/h).  A general westward 
motion at a faster forward speed is expected during the next few 
days.  On the forecast track, the center of Gonzalo would approach 
the Windward Islands late Friday and Saturday.

Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 60 mph (95 km/h) 
with higher gusts.  Further strengthening is forecast during the 
next couple of days, and Gonzalo is expected to become a hurricane 
on Thursday.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles (55 km)
from the center.

The estimated minimum central pressure is 998 mb (29.47 inches).