MIAMI (WNCN) – Wednesday was a busy day in the tropics with two new developments and both could be record setters. Tropical Depression Seven strengthened to become Tropical Storm Gonzalo Wednesday morning, becoming the earliest “G” named storm to form in an Atlantic hurricane season.
Wednesday night, Tropical Depression Eight formed in the Gulf of Mexico and if that storm strengthens to become Tropical Storm Hanna, it would be the earliest “H” named storm to form in history. The current record holder for earliest eighth named storm is Harvey, which formed on August 3, 2005.
Tropical Depression Eight had winds of 30 mph Wednesday night and was moving west-northwest at 6 mph. The forecast track has the system heading for Texas later this week as a weak tropical storm.
As of late Wednesday night Gonzalo’s winds had increased to 60 mph and it was moving west at 12 mph. The storm is forecast to strengthen and become the first hurricane of the 2020 Atlantic season Thursday. It will head into the Caribbean this weekend.
It is forecast to have maximum sustained winds of 85 mph Friday.
Neither Tropical Storm Gonzalo or Tropical Depression Eight are expected to have an impact on North Carolina.
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