Tropical Storm Gonzalo sets a record as it heads towards the Caribbean

Tropical Storm Gonzalo sets a record as it heads towards the Caribbean
According to the National Hurricane Center, the seventh tropical depression in Tropical Storm Gonzalo strengthened on Wednesday.

At 5 pm ET, the storm was about 1110 miles east of the South Windward Islands, winds of 50 mph and moving west at 14 mph.

Given the increasing organization and small size of the system, Gonzalo (pronounced gohn-SAH-loh) becomes more likely to become a hurricane. CNN's meteorologist Taylor Ward said small storms were subject to more intense ups and downs.

The committee said that the reinforcement will continue into the next day as the storm is expected to become the first hurricane of the season by Thursday.

The center expects the storm to weaken slightly before moving over the Windward Islands. The storm may fade away even after moving over the islands, as many models indicate, or it may continue to intensify next week. It is still too early to say exactly what to do after its move to the Caribbean.

This is the oldest one in which the storm received a name beginning with the letter "G" since the United States began using the named storm system in 1953. On average, the seventh storm in the season is September 16

The previous record for the seventh seventh named storm formation in the Atlantic Ocean was Gert on July 24 during the busiest hurricane season ever, 2005.

“While 2020 may exceed 2005 until the seventh storm, 2005 already had 3 hurricanes and 2 (among them) major hurricanes (Dennis and Emily) by July 21. So far 2020 had not been a specific storm that reached the strength of hurricanes ". Philip Clotzbach, research scientist at Colorado State University.

Klotsbach told CNN that the tropical Atlantic Ocean looks very favorable to an active season.

So far in July, the ingredients for an active season are still in place, he said.

"So while we haven't seen any hurricanes yet, I definitely think we'll be soon."

The active part of the hurricane season is still a few weeks away and it seems likely that we will have busy season forecasts.

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