Eastern Caribbean bracing for Tropical Storm Gonzalo

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Barbados, Grenada, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Tobago are bracing for Tropical Storm conditions beginning Friday night.

Forecasters on Friday morning said Tropical Storm Gonzalo was located near latitude 10.0 North, longitude 51.8 West or about 645 miles East of the Southern Windward Islands, and moving towards the West at 14 miles per hour.

Gonzalo is packing maximum sustained winds of about 60 miles per hour with higher gusts, and further strengthening is expected over the next day or two, which means it could become a hurricane before reaching the Windward Islands.

As Gonzalo approaches the island chain, Watches and Warnings have been issued for several islands. 

See list below:

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for...
* St. Lucia

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for...
* Barbados
* St. Vincent and the Grenadines

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for...
* Barbados
* St. Vincent and the Grenadines

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for...
* Tobago
* Grenada and its dependencies

A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are
expected somewhere within the warning area within 36 hours.

A Hurricane Watch means that hurricane conditions are possible
within the watch area.  A watch is typically issued 48 hours before
the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-force winds,
conditions that make outside preparations difficult or dangerous.

A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are
possible within the watch area, generally within 48 hours.

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