NHC/NOAA 5PM Update – Government of Trinidad and Tobago issues a Tropical Storm Watch for Tobago and Grenada

At 500 PM AST (2100 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Gonzalo was located near latitude 9.8 North, longitude 49.4 West

BULLETIN
Tropical Storm Gonzalo Advisory Number 9
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL072020
500 PM AST Thu Jul 23 2020

…GONZALO CONTINUES WESTWARD…
…EXPECTED TO BEGIN AFFECTING PORTIONS OF THE SOUTHERN WINDWARD
ISLANDS ON SATURDAY…

SUMMARY OF 500 PM AST…2100 UTC…INFORMATION
———————————————-
LOCATION…9.8N 49.4W
ABOUT 810 MI…1305 KM E OF THE SOUTHERN WINDWARD ISLANDS
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…60 MPH…95 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT…W OR 275 DEGREES AT 13 MPH…20 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…1000 MB…29.53 INCHES

WATCHES AND WARNINGS
——————–
CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY…

The government of Trinidad and Tobago has issued a Tropical Storm
Watch for Tobago and Grenada.

SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNING IN EFFECT…

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for…
* Barbados
* St. Vincent and the Grenadines

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for…
* Tobago
* Grenada

A Hurricane Watch means that hurricane conditions are possible
within the watch area. A watch is typically issued 48 hours before
the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-force winds,
conditions that make outside preparations difficult or dangerous.

A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are
possible within the watch area, generally within 48 hours.

Interests elsewhere in the Windward Islands should monitor the
progress of this system. Additional watches or warnings will
likely be required for some of these islands tonight or on Friday.

Learn more here

For storm information specific to your area, please monitor
products issued by your national meteorological service.

DISCUSSION AND OUTLOOK
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At 500 PM AST (2100 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Gonzalo was
located near latitude 9.8 North, longitude 49.4 West. Gonzalo is
moving toward the west near 13 mph (20 km/h). A westward to
west-northwestward motion with an increase in forward speed 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.

Maximum sustained winds are near 60 mph (95 km/h) with higher gusts.
Some strengthening is forecast during the next day or two, and
there is still a chance that Gonzalo could become a hurricane.
Weakening is expected after Gonzalo moves into the Caribbean Sea.

Gonzalo is a tiny tropical storm, and tropical-storm-force winds
extend outward up to 25 miles (35 km) from the center.

The estimated minimum central pressure is 1000 mb (29.53 inches).

HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
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Key messages for Gonzalo can be found in the Tropical Cyclone
Discussion under AWIPS header MIATCDAT2 and WMO header WTNT42 KNHC.

WIND: Hurricane or tropical storm conditions are possible within
the respective watch areas on Saturday.

RAINFALL: 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. Gonzalo is also expected to produce total rain accumulations
of 1 to 2 inches in Trinidad and Tobago. Rainfall in Barbados and
the Windward Islands could lead to life-threatening flash floods.

NEXT ADVISORY
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Next intermediate advisory at 800 PM AST.
Next complete advisory at 1100 PM AST.

$$
Forecaster Berg

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