Weather Alert: Tropical Storm Gonzalo (Update #2)

U.S. Embassy Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean

Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Tropical Storm Gonzalo (Update #2)

July 24, 2020

This is an update to our previous messages regarding Tropical Storm Gonzalo.

The government of Barbados has canceled the Hurricane Watches for Barbados and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Barbados, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and St. Lucia.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Tobago and Grenada and its dependencies.

According to the National Hurricane Center, at 200 PM AST today, the center of Tropical Storm Gonzalo was located by an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft near latitude 9.9 North, longitude 54.8 West. Gonzalo is moving toward the west near 18 mph (30 km/h). A general westward to west-northwestward motion is expected during the next day couple of days. On the forecast track, the center of Gonzalo will approach the southern Windward Islands tonight and then move across the islands on Saturday and over the eastern Caribbean Sea on Sunday.  The Hurricane Hunter aircraft has not yet completed its survey of Gonzalo, but preliminary data indicate that maximum sustained winds are near 45 MPH (75 km/h) with higher gusts. Gonzalo is expected to produce heavy rain over portions of the southern Windwards Islands. This could lead to life-threatening flash flooding.

For up to date information on the storm’s path, please go to the National Hurricane Center at www.nhc.noaa.gov.

Please continue to monitor local media and follow the instructions of local authorities.

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