USA Today: Tropical Storm Gonzalo formed Wednesday morning in the Atlantic Ocean, the National Hurricane Center said. It’s the earliest “G” storm in any Atlantic hurricane season on record.
The storm is expected to become a hurricane Thursday, with winds of at least 75 mph.
The hurricane center said Gonzalo was far from land: As of 11 a.m. Wednesday, it was located about 1,205 miles east of the Southern Windward Islands. The system had maximum sustained winds of 50 mph and was moving to the west at 14 mph.
“Gonzalo is expected to move near or over the southern Windward Islands this weekend and could bring direct impacts from winds and heavy rainfall,” the hurricane center said.
It is forecast to weaken back down to tropical-storm-strength as it nears the islands.
When Gonzalo became a named storm Wednesday morning, it broke a record set by Tropical Storm Gert, which formed on July 24, 2005, during the notorious 2005 season
ccording to AccuWeather, many storms this year have beat out storms from the 2005 season, known as the most active on record, for the title of earliest to form in the basin. However, the 2020 season pales in comparison to 2005 in terms of overall intensity.
By this point in 2005, the Atlantic basin had already spawned three hurricanes and two major hurricanes – Category 3 or higher – according to Phil Klotzbach, a tropical meteorologist at Colorado State University.