Tropical depression now Tropical Storm Gonzalo

Tropical depression Seven has been upgraded to Tropical Storm Gonzalo.

For the latest information on storm activity in Cayman, as well as information on how to prepare for the season, please visit Storm Centre.

UPDATE 8:43am: The US National Hurricane Center in Miami has upgraded Tropical Depression Seven to Tropical Storm Gonzalo.

Its latest advisory on Wednesday morning, the NHC said satellite data indicate that Tropical Depression Seven has strengthened and is now Tropical Storm Gonzalo with 45 mph winds.

The storm is located about 1,250 miles east of the southern Windward Islands. An update from the National Hurricane Center is expected at 11am.

Gonzalo is the seventh named storm for the 2020 hurricane season.

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UPDATE 4:30pm: A tropical wave being tracked by forecasters in the Atlantic Basin has developed into a tropical depression.

Around 4pm this afternoon, the National Hurricane Center in Miami issued an advisory for Tropical Depression Seven, which has a maximum wind speed of 35 miles per hour, and which was moving toward the west-northwest at nearly 8 miles per hour.

ORIGINAL STORY: The US National Hurricane Center and the Cayman Islands National Weather Service are currently monitoring two tropical waves in the Atlantic Basin.

The first tropical wave is located northwest of the Cayman Islands. The National Weather Service said the system is expected to continue to support scattered showers through the day and into the night.

In its midday weather forecast Tuesday, the weather service stated, “Cloudiness and showers across the northwest Caribbean associated with the interaction of a mid to upper-level trough and a tropical wave will continue to spread across the Cayman area today.”

The weather forecast noted that there was a 30% chance of thundershowers, along with 10 to 15 knot winds that are expected to decrease to 5 to 10 knots later tonight.

The second system, which poses no immediate threat to the Cayman Islands, named Tropical Depression Seven, is currently in the Atlantic Ocean several hundred miles off the coast of the Lesser Antilles.

The National Hurricane Center’s predictions gives both systems a 40%-60% chance of further developing.

In a Facebook post this morning, Hazard Management Cayman Islands said the system is becoming more organised, but it would face “less favourable conditions” upon entering the Caribbean.

The post reads in part, “Some initial increase in organisation is possible as the system tracks west, but conditions are likely to become less favourable for development as it approaches the Caribbean Sea.”

The post goes onto encourage residents to prepare for the most active part of the hurricane season.


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