Gaston became a category 1 hurricane overnight, now with maximum winds of 75 mph, located 1,225 miles east of the Leeward Islands as of 5 am Thursday. The storm is moving northwest at 17 mph, and will likely stay on this track through Friday.
A turn toward the west-northwest is expected Friday night. Gaston will likely weaken back to a tropical storm today, before regaining hurricane strength in the Central Atlantic. Regardless, no threat to land is anticipated.
We also continue to monitor a cluster of showers and storms approaching Hispaniola. There is still a medium chance of development into a tropical cyclone in the next 48 hours, and through this weekend, it looks to track through the Bahamas and South Florida before ending up in the Gulf of Mexico. From there, it may turn north toward the East Coast, or continue west through the Gulf next week. Details on the track and intensity of the storm at that point remain in question.