Tropical Storm Grace Moving Quickly Westward Toward the Leeward Islands


At 800 AM AST (1200 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Grace was located near latitude 15.9 North, longitude 56.6 West. Grace is moving toward the west near 22 mph (35 km/h).


A motion toward the west with a gradual decrease in forward speed is expected during the next few days. On the forecast track, the center of the storm is forecast to move over the Leeward Islands tonight, over the Virgin

Islands and Puerto Rico on Sunday, and then over the Dominican Republic on Monday.


Maximum sustained winds are near 40 mph (65 km/h) with higher gusts.


Some strengthening is forecast during the next couple of days.


Weakening is expected early next week as the system interacts with the Greater Antilles.


Grace is a small tropical storm.



Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles (35 km) from the center.


The estimated minimum central pressure is 1007 mb (29.74 inches).

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