The BMS has also issued a Small Craft Warning and a High Surf Warning.
At 8 a.m. today, Tropical Storm Gonalzo was located near 10.0N 52.8W or about 470 MI… 755 KM East South East of Barbados. Maximum sustained winds remain near 60 MPH… 95 KM/H. Storm-force winds extend outward only to 25 miles (35 km) from the centre. Present Movement…W or 275 degrees at 15 MPH or 24KM/H. Minimum central pressure…1000MB…29.53 INCHES.
Significant convection associated with Gonzalo has been consistent during the past few hours. Re-strengthening of this feature is still possible as it continues on its westward to west-northwestward motion with an increase in forward speed throughout the weekend. On its forecast track, the centre of Tropical Storm Gonzalo is expected to pass approximately 90 miles (144 km) to the south of Barbados on Saturday.
There is still the possibility of Gonzalo becoming a Category 1 hurricane on Saturday considering the uncertainty in the intensity forecast due to its compact size. An Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft is scheduled to investigate the storm later this afternoon.
Sustained storm force winds are likely to spread across Barbados from the morning of Saturday 25, July 2020, possibly increasing to hurricane force during the afternoon. During which time, sustained wind speeds of 60 to 75 mph (97 to 120km/h) with higher gusts are likely to affect the island.
Tropical Storm Gonzalo is also likely to generate rough to very rough sea swells during its passage, a Small Craft Warning and a High Surf Warning has been issued. Rainfall accumulation of 1-3 inches (25 to 75 mm) are likely, an advisory for this hazard may become necessary.
The next complete advisory will be issued at 11 a.m.
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