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Tropical Storm Gonzalo forms in Atlantic, breaking record as earliest 'G' storm

Storm expected to become hurricane by Thursday
Posted at 10:55 AM, Jul 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-22 11:09:00-04

MIAMI (AP) — The National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami says Tropical Storm Gonzalo has formed the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.

This sets a record for the earliest named seventh tropical storm of the Atlantic hurricane season.

The NHC says Gonzalo is continuing to strengthen and predicts that it will become a hurricane by Thursday.

Forecasters say Gonzalo was about 1,250 miles east of the Southern Windward Islands, with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph, moving west-northwest at 12 mph.

Gonzalo remained far offshore Wednesday, on a path that could eventually take the storm into the lower Caribbean Sea by this weekend.

The storm's early strengthening breaks a record set by Tropical Storm Gert, which formed on July 24, 2005.

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