TS Gonzalo Update: Better organised as of 11 pm, July 23
Surface Wind Field of TS Gonzalo, sustained winds at 11 pm (Graphic credit: US NHC)
Tropical Storm Gonzalo is a little better organised now.
This is according to the US National Hurricane Centre (NHC) in Florida update at 11 pm (July 23).
Wind speeds are still maxing out 60 mph currently since it weakened earlier, around 2 pm. This was a dip from previously 65 mph in the morning.
The NHC says that Gonzalo is expected tobeing affecting portions of the Southern Windward islands on Saturday.
SUMMARY OF 11 PM AST
ABOUT 730 MI...1170 KM E OF THE SOUTHERN WINDWARD ISLANDS
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...60 MPH...95 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...W OR 275 DEGREES AT 14 MPH...22 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...1000 MB...29.53 INCHES
SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNING IN EFFECT
A Hurricane Watch is in effect for...
* St. Vincent and the Grenadines
A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for...
* Grenada and its dependencies
At 11 pm the center of Tropical Storm Gonzalo was located near latitude 9.9 North, longitude 50.6 West. 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 Friday night and move across the islands Saturday and into the eastern Caribbean Sea Sunday.
Maximum sustained winds are near 60 mph (95 km/h) with higher gusts.
Some strengthening is forecast during the next day or two, and there is still a chance that Gonzalo could become a hurricane.
Weakening is expected after Gonzalo moves into the Caribbean Sea and the cyclone is expected to dissipate by the middle of next week.
Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles (35 km) from the center.
The estimated minimum central pressure is 1000 mb (29.53 inches).