Gonzalo forecast to weaken, Hanna to strengthen

HOLT, Fla., July 24, 2020—The National Hurricane Center’s forecast for Tropical Storms Hanna and Gonzalo have flipflopped regarding strength.

7-24 GonzaloGonzalo is now not expected to strengthen to the season’s first hurricane while Hanna is now forecast to reach hurricane strength before making landfall.

Once Gonzalo reaches the eastern Caribbean, weakening is anticipated and the storm is forecast to dissipate within three days, if not sooner.

According to the NHC, it doesn’t seem likely Gonzalo will overcome the dry air that’s currently inhibiting its development.

However, the NHC says it’s too soon to say for sure that Gonzalo will not re-strengthen  to some degree before it reaches the southern Windward Islands.

7-24 HannaTropical Storm Hanna, however, is now forecast to become a category 1 storm before making landfall along the Texas coast tomorrow afternoon or evening.

Located a little more than 200 miles east of Corpus Christi, Texas, tropical storm conditions are expected to begin in the warning area along the Texas coast tonight or tomorrow morning.

Hanna is expected to product 5-to-10 inches of rain with isolated maximum totals of 15 inches through Sunday night.

7-24 5pmThe NHC is also keeping an eye on the tropical wave in the southern Atlantic Ocean about 300 miles south-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands.

The disturbance is expected to move westward across the tropical Atlantic during the next several days.

Some gradual development is possible by early next week when it reaches the western tropical Atlantic.

Formation chance has been increased to 40 percent.


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