Tropical Storm Gaston: 5pm Update Friday

Gaston forecast to regain hurricane intensity.

At 5pm, the center of Tropical Storm Gaston was about 1000 miles ESE of Bermuda, latitude 26.2 north, longitude 49.7 west.  Gaston is moving toward the northwest near 17 mph, and the system should continue in this general direction at a slower rate of forward speed during the next two days.

Maximum sustained winds are near 65 mph with higher gusts.  Some strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours.  Gaston is expected to regain hurricane intensity on Saturday.

Gaston is not a threat to the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry.

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