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SAY GRACE! Tropical Storm Heading To South Florida

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As Fred Remains Tropical Depression, Grace Emerges As Potential South Florida Threat.

BY: WEATHER TEAM | BocaNewsNow.com

BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2021 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — Tropical Storm Grace formed overnight and remains on a path for a South Florida strike on Wednesday, Thursday or perhaps Friday of next week. It is still very early in the forecast track for any certainty, but it is never too early to prepare.

This is the Saturday morning advisory from the National Hurricane Center:

The cyclone has become a little better organized overnight, with an
area of concentrated convection persisting over the center for the
past several hours. The system remains compact, with the convective
canopy about 100 n mi in diameter, while earlier ASCAT data revealed
winds greater than 25 kt extended only about 30 n mi from its
center, with peak winds of 27 kt. Despite the weaker maximum winds
sampled earlier this evening, the increase in organization of such
a small system has likely produced a notable increase in the
surface winds near the center. In addition the latest Dvorak
intensity estimates from TAFB, SAB, and the UW-CIMSS ADT and SATCON
suggest that the intensity is now somewhere between 30 and 45 kt.
Based on a conservative blend of these values, it is estimated that
the Tropical Depression Seven has strengthened into 35-kt Tropical
Storm Grace.

Grace continues to move quickly westward, with an initial motion of
280/19 kt. A strong mid-level ridge to the north of the storm should
continue to steer it westward for the next few days. Beyond that
time, the forecast models begin to diverge in their track solutions,
as they vary in the strength of the ridge. Overall, the models have
trended toward a stronger, more persistent ridge to the north of
the cyclone for the latter half of the forecast period, and as such
the model solutions are generally showing a track that lies a bit
south of the previous runs for those time periods. The official NHC
forecast track is little changed through 72 h and lies near the
middle of the tightly clustered track guidance. Beyond 72 h, the
forecast track has been shifted slightly to the south, but still
lies to north of the consensus model tracks.

The earlier bout of wind shear that had entrained surrounding dry
air into Grace appears to have abated, at least in the short term.
And, global models indicate that the shear will remain low for about
the next 24-36 h while the cyclone moves over increasing SSTs.
Therefore, it is reasonable to assume that strengthening should
occur over the next day or so. Thereafter, the intensity forecast
becomes somewhat complicated as the system is forecast to interact
with an upper-level trough while possibly crossing the Greater
Antilles at the same time. Slight weakening is indicated in the NHC
intensity forecast as the system crosses the northern portion of the
Dominican Republic early next week. Thereafter, moderate to strong
northerly shear is forecast to impact Grace as the system moves into
the flow on the western side of an upper-level trough over the
western Atlantic. This shear should prevent any further
strengthening through the end of the forecast period. The intensity
forecast is a little lower than a blend of the NOAA HCCA and IVCN
consensus, as there is likely a high bias from the HWRF in these
solutions. The latter portion of the NHC intensity forecast is of
lower-than-normal confidence due to the potential for a longer
amount of time over the rugged terrain of the Greater Antilles than
indicated, and also due to the fragile nature of the small cyclone
and the possible effects of the stronger shear later in the
forecast period.

Key Messages:

  1. Tropical storm conditions are expected in portions of the
    Leeward Islands by tonight or early Sunday, and the U.S. Virgin
    Islands and Puerto Rico on Sunday. Tropical storm conditions are
    also possible over the British Virgin Islands on Sunday. The risk of
    strong winds will then spread westward to the Dominican Republic
    Sunday night and Monday.
  2. Heavy rainfall could lead to flash and urban flooding over the
    Leeward and Virgin Islands. Across Puerto Rico, heavy rainfall may
    lead to flash, urban and small stream flooding, along with the
    potential for mudslides.
  3. There is a risk of wind and rainfall impacts across Haiti, the
    Turks and Caicos Islands, the southeastern Bahamas, Cuba, and
    Florida next week, and interests in those areas should monitor the
    progress of this system.

FORECAST POSITIONS AND MAX WINDS

INIT 14/0900Z 15.8N 55.6W 35 KT 40 MPH
12H 14/1800Z 16.2N 58.5W 35 KT 40 MPH
24H 15/0600Z 16.9N 61.8W 40 KT 45 MPH
36H 15/1800Z 17.7N 64.8W 45 KT 50 MPH
48H 16/0600Z 18.3N 67.3W 45 KT 50 MPH
60H 16/1800Z 18.9N 69.4W 40 KT 45 MPH…INLAND
72H 17/0600Z 19.8N 71.5W 40 KT 45 MPH…INLAND
96H 18/0600Z 21.9N 75.6W 40 KT 45 MPH…OVER WATER
120H 19/0600Z 24.5N 79.7W 40 KT 45 MPH

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