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FIRST ALERT: Henri to bring high rip current risk, dangerous surf for weekend

Hurricane Henri will pass well offshore but bring our rip current risk to high for the weekend....
Hurricane Henri will pass well offshore but bring our rip current risk to high for the weekend. Keep that in mind if you are heading to the beach. The surf will be dangerous.(WMBF)
Published: Aug. 19, 2021 at 5:11 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 19, 2021 at 10:59 AM EDT
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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) - Henri will bring a high rip current risk and dangerous surf for the weekend as it passes well offshore from the Grand Strand this weekend.

TROPICAL STORM HENRI

Henri is still a tropical storm but will strengthen into a hurricane by Friday.
Henri is still a tropical storm but will strengthen into a hurricane by Friday.(WMBF)

At 11 AM, the center of Tropical Storm Henri was located near latitude 29.5 North, longitude 70.5 West. Henri is moving toward the west near 10 mph and this motion is expected to continue through tonight. A turn toward the northwest is forecast on Friday, followed by an acceleration toward the north and north-northeast Saturday and Sunday.

Here's a look at the track with Henri.
Here's a look at the track with Henri.(WMBF)

On the forecast track, the center of Henri will remain well offshore of the east coast of the United States over the next couple of days, but it is forecast to be near southern New England on Sunday and Monday. Maximum sustained winds remain near 70 mph with higher gusts. Little change in strength is expected today, but Henri is forecast to intensify into a hurricane on Friday with additional strengthening predicted to occur this weekend. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles from the center. The estimated minimum central pressure is 995 mb.

With a pass offshore, a dangerous rip current risk arrives for us this weekend.
With a pass offshore, a dangerous rip current risk arrives for us this weekend.(WMBF)

Henri is forecast to pass 300 to 400 miles east of the Grand Strand by Friday as a hurricane. While it will pass far enough off shore to prevent any direct impacts from wind and rain, it will pass close enough to produce dangerous rip currents. The greatest rip current risk will arrive on Friday and Saturday and may continue into Sunday.

Rip currents turn high tomorrow and Saturday.
Rip currents turn high tomorrow and Saturday.(WMBF)

TROPICAL STORM GRACE

Grace made landfall this morning in Tulum, Mexico as a category one hurricane but has now weakened to a tropical storm. At 11 AM, the center of Tropical Storm Grace was located near latitude 20.2 North, longitude 88.8 West. Grace is moving toward the west near 18 mph. A general westward to west-northwestward motion is expected today, followed by a general westward to west-southwestward motion at a slower speed over the weekend.

Grace will restrengthen to a hurricane by tomorrow.
Grace will restrengthen to a hurricane by tomorrow.(WMBF)

On the forecast track, Grace is expected to continue to move across the Yucatan Peninsula today, and move over the southwest Gulf of Mexico late tonight through Friday. Grace will likely make a second landfall on the mainland coast of Mexico late Friday or early Saturday. Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 65 mph with higher. Additional weakening is possible while Grace moves across land today. Re-intensification is likely after the center reaches the Gulf of Mexico. Grace is forecast to be a hurricane when it makes its second landfall on the mainland coast of Mexico late Friday or early Saturday. Rapid weakening is expected after Grace moves inland over central Mexico. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles from the center. The estimated minimum central pressure is 994 mb.

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