Most early computer models show Hurricane Gaston tracking in a westerly direction into the Caribbean, but it was too early to tell whether Gaston would enter the energy-rich Gulf of Mexico.
At 4 p.m., the center of Hurricane Gaston was located near latitude 12.9 north, longitude 37.0 west. Gaston is moving toward the west near 15 mph. A west or west-northwest motion with a significant decrease in forward speed is expected for the next several days.
For now, the official forecast calls for Hurricane Gaston to aim generally toward the northern Lesser Antilles and grow into a hurricane along the way.
If Hurricane Gaston follows that path, it would be in position to slide into the Caribbean – south of Florida — or turn northwest. In other words, it could go anywhere from Central America to Canada.
This is a map of Hurricane Gaston's projected path.