TS Gonzalo weakens slightly, expected to begin affecting Caribbean tomorrow

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    Tropical Storm Gonzalo has weakened slightly, but continues to move towards the Caribbean.

    According to the National Hurricane Centre’s 5PM Update, maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 40 mph (65 km/h) with higher gusts.

    Some slight strengthening is possible before it reaches the southern Windward Islands, however weakening is expected after it moves over the eastern Caribbean Sea.

    It is forecast to dissipate early next week.

    SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT

    A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for:

    • Barbados
    • St. Vincent and the Grenadines
    • Tobago
    • Grenada and its dependencies

    A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area, in this case within about 24 hours.

    Gonzalo is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 2 to 5 inches, with isolated maximum amounts of 8 inches in Barbados and the Windward Islands through Sunday night.

    Gonzalo is also expected to produce total rain accumulations of 2 to 4 inches in Trinidad and Tobago as well as 1 to 2 inches over northeastern Venezuela.

    Rainfall in Barbados and the Windward Islands could lead to life-threatening flash floods.