The storm was about 1,250 miles east of the southern Windward Islands on Wednesday morning, picked up winds of 45 miles an hour, and moved 12 miles an hour to the northwest.
“Given the increasing organization of the system and its small size, there is a greater likelihood that Gonzalo (pronounced gohn-SAH-loh) will become a hurricane. Small storms tend to have greater intensity fluctuations both up and down,” said the CNN meteorologist Taylor said Ward.
Strengthening continues the next day as the storm is expected to be the first hurricane of the season by Thursday, the NHC said.
The NHC predicts that the storm will weaken slightly before moving across the Windward Islands. The storm may even hiss after moving across the islands, as many models indicate, or it could worsen until next week. It is still a bit early to say exactly what it will do after it moves to the Caribbean.
The previous record for the earliest 7th named storm formation in the Atlantic was Gert on July 24 during the busiest hurricane season in 2005.
“The tropical Atlantic looks extremely conducive to an active season,” Klotzbach told CNN.
So far, the ingredients for an active season in July are still available.
“So, although we haven’t seen any hurricanes yet, I think we will soon.”