Gonzalo weakens slightly, could still become a hurricane

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    Tropical Storm Gonzalo has weakened slightly, however there is still a chance that it can become a hurricane.

    According to the National Hurricane Centre’s 2PM update, maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 60 mph (95 km/h) with higher gusts.

    It adds whoever that some re-strengthening is possible during the next couple of days, and so, there is still the chance that Gonzalo could become a hurricane.

    The system is moving toward the west near 14 mph, however a westward to west-northwestward motion 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 Saturday evening.

    A Hurricane Watch is in effect for:

    • Barbados
    • St. Vincent and the Grenadines

    Gonzalo is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 2 to 5 inches, with isolated maximum amounts of 7 inches in Barbados and the Windward Islands from Friday night through Sunday night.

    It is also expected to produce total rain accumulations of 1 to 2 inches in Trinidad and Tobago.

    Satellite wind data also indicates that Gonzalo is an even smaller storm than previously thought, with tropical-storm-force winds only extending outward up to 25 miles fromĀ  the center.