On the forecast track, the center of Gonzalo will approach the southern Windward Islands tonight and move across these islands Saturday and into the eastern Caribbean Sea Sunday.Maximum sustained winds are near 60 miles per hour (95 km/h) with higher gusts.
Two named storms are barreling toward two states right now, threatening to bring strong winds and heavy rains to communities already dealing with Covid-19 health concerns.
Forecasting the exact intensity of a tropical storm or hurricane is one of the most challenging aspects of weather forecasting as there are many variables that can come into play, including thunderstorm development near the center of the storm which can cause fluctuations in strength.More news: Definitive Edition will be $40 on PC, PS4, and Xbox One
Hurricane watches are in effect for Barbados, St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Also, Gonzalo is forming very far south compared with most other tropical systems. The storm is forecast to reach the southern Lesser Antilles by Saturday.
As of 10 p.m. Hanna is packing maximum sustained winds near 40 miles per hour with higher gusts and is moving WNW at 7 miles per hour. But there is at least some chance it will remain a hurricane in the Caribbean and if so, this storm will need to be watched closely to see if it makes the turn north towards the USA or moves west into Central America.More news: CDC calls for reopening schools, departing from earlier assessment of risks
Enough downpours can occur on some of the southern Windward Islands to lead to flash flooding and mudslides. The previous record was held by Tropical Storm Gert, which formed on July 24, 2005. Gonzalo is expected to become a hurricane - the first of 2020 in the Atlantic - later today.
In the tropics, Tropical Depression 8 is moving slowly west across the north-central Gulf of Mexico.
The storm is forecast to produce 3 to 5 inches of rain, with isolated maximum totals of 10 inches along the Gulf Coast from Louisiana to the lower Texas coast and inland through south-central Texas and the Rio Grande Valley.More news: President Trump to throw out first pitch at Yankees game in August
If it becomes a storm, it will be the earliest seventh named storm on record this early in the season in Atlantic Ocean.