Official Statement #6: Gonzalo strengthens slightly overnight as it continues on its westward track
At 5:00 AM AST (0900 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Gonzalo was located near latitude 10.0 North, longitude 47.0 West or about 1565 km E of the southern Windward Islands. Gonzalo is moving toward the west near 19 km/h. A general westward motion at a faster forward speed is expected during the next 2 days. On the forecast track, the center of Gonzalo would approach the Windward Islands late Friday into Saturday.
Maximum sustained winds are near 100 km/h with higher gusts. Strengthening is forecast during the next couple of days, and Gonzalo is expected to become a hurricane by later today.
Gonzalo is a small tropical cyclone, as tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 55 km from the center.
The TTMS will continue to closely monitor the system and will issue an update at 6:00 p.m. today or earlier if the situation warrants. As always, pay close attention to information being issued by the TTMS by visiting www.metoffice.gov.tt, downloading our mobile app (search: TT Met Office) and following us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.