Gonzalo strengthening, likely to become hurricane by Tuesday

Gonzalo strengthening, likely to become hurricane by Tuesday

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Tropical Storm Gonzalo is strengthening as it moves through the northern Leeward Islands, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Gonzalo's maximum sustained winds measured 65 mph, 10 mph away from being a Category 1 hurricane. Forecasters expect the tropical storm to become a hurricane by Tuesday.

However, the forecast track shows it staying well off the eastern seaboard of the United States, according to forecaster Kaitlyn McGrath.

"Gonzalo is not going to be an issue for the United States," McGrath said.

At 10 a.m., the storm was located at 17.2N, 61.9W, about 10 miles northwest of Antigua, and about 220 miles east-southeast of St. Thomas.

The government of Antigua and Barbuda issued a hurricane warning for the British Virgin Islands and a hurricane watch for Anguilla. The government of France issued a hurricane watch for St. Martin and discontinued the tropical storm warning for Guadeloupe, Desirade, Les Saintes and Marie Galante.

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