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Tropical Storm Hanna forms; Gonzalo strength remains steady

Tropical Storm Hanna forms; Gonzalo strength remains steady”

Strengthening will continue in the next day as the storm is expected to become the season's first hurricane by Thursday. On the forecast track, the center of Gonzalo will approach the southern Windward Islands tonight and move across these islands Saturday and into the eastern Caribbean Sea Sunday.Maximum sustained winds are near 60 miles per hour (95 km/h) with higher gusts.

"Douglas is expected to move near or over portions of the Hawaiian Islands this weekend, and there is an increasing chance that strong winds and heavy rainfall could affect portions of the state beginning on Sunday", the National Hurricane Center wrote in its key message for 11 a.m. HST on Wednesday.

The storm could strengthen to Tropical Storm Hanna in the next day or so, according to the National Hurricane Center, and will make landfall in Texas on Saturday. Stay updated with the 4WARN Weather Team for all the latest tropical information. There is potential for hurricane conditions in the southern Windward Islands this weekend, with hurricane watches being issued. And it is possible the forecast track of Gonzalo may shift farther south over time as a result.

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The bulk of the heavier rains and winds will remain offshore the Louisiana Coast and heading toward Texas over the next couple of days. Eastern Daylight Time on Saturday, July 25, 2020, due to the presence of Hurricane Hanna that is tracking towards Texas.

As of 7 a.m. CDT Thursday, Tropical Depression Eight was located about 405 miles east-southeast of Port O'Connor, Texas, and was moving west-northwest at 9 mph. Officials have predicted the tropical storm will turn into a hurricane before reaching the Caribbean on Saturday. The depression will be named Tropical Storm Hanna if winds strengthen before landfall. Gonzalo is also expected to produce total rain accumulations of 1 to 2 inches in Trinidad and Tobago.

If it becomes a storm, it will be the earliest seventh named storm on record this early in the season in Atlantic Ocean.



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