FLORIDA, United States, Thursday August 25, 2016 – After becoming a hurricane overnight, Gaston is back at tropical storm status.
The National Hurricane Centre (NHC) reported just after midnight that Gaston had developed into a hurricane, carrying maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour, with higher gusts.
But even then, it was not expected to maintain its intensity. The NHC forecast that Hurricane Gaston would have weakened later in the day. Less than 12 hours later, the system was being referred to as Tropical Storm Gaston again.
At 11 a.m., the storm was still offshore in the Central Atlantic, 1,160 miles east northeast of the Leeward Islands, and its maximum sustained winds had decreased to 70 miles per hour.
“Some additional weakening is possible today. However, some re-strengthening is expected to begin Friday night, and Gaston could become a hurricane again on Saturday,” the NHC said.
Even if it does, Gaston still poses no threat to land.
Forecasters say it will most likely remain east of Bermuda as it approaches that area early next week. But because it’s still uncertain how close Gaston will come to Bermuda before making a final sharp northeast turn into the North Atlantic, interests in that island are still being told to keep an eye on the storm.