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Tropical storm Gonzalo to strengthen into hurricane

Just hours after a tropical wave formed in the Atlantic, it has been named Tropical Storm Gonzalo, with predictions it could become a hurricane by as early as Thursday (July 23).

In a bulletin released by the National Hurricane Centre (NHC) on Wednesday (July 22), it said satellite imagery had shown that the system’s wind speed had increased to near 50 mph (85 km/h) with higher gusts.

Gonzalo is expected to continue moving toward the west near at 14 mph (22 km/h).

According to the NHC, a general westward motion at a faster forward speed is expected during the next few days.

Additionally, the NCH revealed that Tropical Storm Gonzalo is to become a hurricane by Thursday.

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