Tropical Storm Grace Forms in Atlantic; Fred to Restrengthen

Tropical Storm Grace
Tropical Storm Grace

The tropics are busy right now with two storms near Florida, one becoming a new tropical storm in the Atlantic and one to restrengthen as it moves into the Gulf of Mexico.

Tropical Storm Grace formed today and is moving west at 23 mph. Grace is located a couple of hundred miles east-southeast of the Leeward islands.

Grace is not a threat to Sebastian at this time. Tropical storm warnings are in effect for:

  • Antigua
  • St. Kitts
  • St. Maarten
  • British Virgin Islands
  • U.S. Virgin Islands
  • Puerto Rico

“The track guidance is tightly clustered during the first 48-60 hours or so, showing Grace moving near or across the Leeward Islands, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic. On days 3-5, there is a little more spread, with a few models keeping the system on a southern track across Cuba while others show tracks across the Bahamas. The NHC track forecast splits this difference and continues to show a track running between Cuba and the Bahamas, very close to the HCCA consensus solution,” the National Hurricane Center said in a statement.

Tropical Storm Grace is expected to have maximum sustained winds of 50 to 60 mph during the next several days.

Tropical Storm Fred

Fred is a tropical depression near Cuba and is expected to restrengthen into a tropical storm over the eastern Gulf of Mexico by Sunday morning.

Tropical Storm Fred is not a threat to Florida at this time.

Fred is expected to move west-northwestward and will turn toward the north during the next two days.

“While the forecast guidance is in good agreement on this general scenario, there is uncertainty as to where the center of Fred will be when it re-forms. Therefore, users should not concentrate on the details of the forecast track, which could change quite a bit during the next 24-36 hours,” the NHC said.

Sebastian Daily will continue to provide updates when more information is available.

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About Andy Hodges
Andy Hodges was born in Annapolis, Maryland, and raised in Jupiter, Florida. He has been a radio and TV personality since the mid-1980s. He has worked for WFLX-TV (Fox 29), WIRK, WLIZ, WIXI, WKSY, WRMF, and others. In 1994, Andy took a break from broadcasting and was a software and systems engineer for various companies in Atlanta, Georgia. In 2002, he moved back to Florida and settled in Sebastian, where Andy's family has lived for over 45 years. He returned to the broadcasting sector in 2005. Andy joined Sebastian Daily as our editor-in-chief in 2016.