And just like that, we have our seventh tropical storm of the season… Gonzalo, which sets a new record.
The National Hurricane Center in Miami says Tropical Storm Gonzalo has officially grown from a depression and formed in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. It’s a new record for the earliest named seventh tropical storm of the Atlantic hurricane season.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center said as of 5am Wednesday morning that depression seven was centered Wednesday morning about 1,250 miles east of the Southern Windward Islands, with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph, moving west-northwest at 12 mph.
Gonzalo currently is far offshore, on a path that potentially could take it into the lower Caribbean Sea by this weekend.
Gonzalo’s official forming breaks a record set by Tropical Storm Gert, which formed on July 24, 2005. So far this year, Cristobal, Danielle, Edouard and Fay also set records for being the earliest named storms of their respective place in the alphabet.