News Americas, MIAMI, FL, Tues. Oct. 14, 2014: Tropical storm Gonzalo is now Hurricane Gonzalo and it forecast to strengthen into a category three storm by Wednesday, forecasters at the National Hurricane Center in Miami said last night.
Gonzalo continued to strengthen last night as it was set to pass northeast of the Virgin Islands overnight. At 11 p.m. it was about 40 miles north north west of Anguilla and about 105 miles east of St. Thomas, USVI with maximum sustained winds at 85 mph. Its’ center will pass by the USVI and move into the open Atlantic north of Puerto Rico on today.
A hurricane warning is in effect for the British Virgin Islands, St. Martin and Anguilla while a hurricane watch is in effect for St. Thomas and St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
However there was some good news for St. Maarten, Antigua and Barbuda, Montserrat and St. Kitts and Nevis as well as Puerto Rico. The government of St. Maarten replaced the hurricane warning with a tropical storm warning while the hurricane watch for Puerto Rico, Culebra, Vieques and St. Croix has been discontinued.
The tropical storm warning for Antigua, Barbuda, Montserrat, Netherlands Antilles, Saba, St. Eustatius and St. Kitts And Nevis has discontinued.