CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - Tropical Storm Gonzalo is expected to become a hurricane on Thursday.
Officials with the National Hurricane Center said a hurricane watch has been issued for Barbados.
Live 5 Meteorologist Bill Walsh said Gonzalo may weaken into the weekend with a more unfavorable environment ahead of its track.
The latest position track of the system, posted at 11 p.m. Wednesday, plotted the center of the depression near latitude 9.9 North, longitude 45.9 West.
The system was moving toward the west near 12 mph. A generally westward motion at a faster forward speed is expected during the next few days.
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Gonzalo formed Wednesday morning in the Atlantic, setting the record for the earliest a seventh named storm has formed during the Atlantic Hurricane Season. The previous record holder, Tropical Storm Gert, formed on July 24, 2005.
So far this year, Cristobal, Danielle, Edouard and Fay have all set records for being the earliest named storms of their respective place in the alphabet.
A second system, Tropical Depression Eight is expected to move across the Gulf of Mexico and likely become a tropical storm that could pose a threat to Texas.