TROPICAL TRIO: Fred landfalls in Florida, Henri forms, Grace to become a hurricane
MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Tropical Storm Fred will weaken over land while Grace and Henri gain strength over the next several days.
TROPICAL STORM FRED
National Weather Service radar data indicated that the center of Tropical Storm Fred has made landfall near Cape San Blas, Florida around 3:15 pm Monday. Maximum sustained winds were estimated to be near 65 mph.
At 5:00 PM, the center of Tropical Storm Fred was located near latitude 29.9 North, longitude 85.3 West. Fred is moving toward the north-northeast near 9 mph, and this general motion with an increase in forward speed is expected over the next couple of days. On the forecast track, Fred will move from western Georgia on Tuesday across the southern Appalachian Mountains to West Virginia by Wednesday.
Maximum sustained winds are near 60 mph with higher gusts. Rapid weakening is expected, and Fred should become a tropical depression by early Tuesday. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 115 miles from the center. A sustained wind of 49 mph with a gust to 68 mph was recently observed at the Apalachicola Airport.
Fred will deliver heavy rainfall across portions of the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic States that could lead to flash, urban, small stream and isolated river flooding impacts. An increased risk of landslides exists across the mountains of North Carolina as well as portions of the Blue Ridge Escarpment on Tuesday. Rainfall totals could reach 6 inches.
The remnants of Fred will pass through the extreme western portions of North and South Carolina on Tuesday. A risk of flooding rain and isolated tornadoes will exist in the western Carolinas. Across our areas, increased tropical moisture will lead to better chances of showers and storms but only a very minimal risk of any severe weather. Some of the downpours could be locally heavy at times.
TROPICAL DEPRESSION GRACE
At 5:00 PM EDT, the center of Tropical Depression Grace was located near latitude 17.9 North, longitude 72.4 West. Grace is moving toward the west-northwest near 13 mph. A west to west-northwest motion is expected during the next few days. On the forecast track, the center of Grace will move near the Tiburon Peninsula of Haiti through tonight, move between Jamaica and southeastern Cuba on Tuesday, near the Cayman Islands Tuesday night, and approach the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico Wednesday and Wednesday night. Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph with higher gusts. Strengthening is forecast during the next few days, and Grace is expected to regain tropical storm status on Tuesday. Grace could be near hurricane strength when it approaches the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico Wednesday night and is forecast to be a hurricane in the southern Gulf of Mexico.
TROPICAL STORM HENRI
At 5:00 PM, the center of Tropical Storm Henri was located near latitude 31.0 North, longitude 62.9 West. Henri is moving toward the south-southwest near 7 mph . A slow clockwise turn toward the southwest and then toward the west is expected during the next day or two. On the forecast track, the center of Henri should pass well to the south of Bermuda late Tuesday or Tuesday night.
Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 40 mph with higher gusts. Some additional strengthening is forecast during the next couple of days. Henri is a small tropical storm. Tropical-storm-force winds only extend outward up to 35 miles from the center.
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