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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Hurricane season is heating up with two storms tracking toward the United States. What was Tropical Depression Fred is now just remnants of the storm Saturday afternoon while newly formed Tropical Storm Grace is just getting organized.
TROPICAL STORM GRACE
Tropical Storm Grace formed around 5 a.m. Saturday morning from Tropical Depression Seven. Grace remains small but got a little better organized overnight. Maximum sustained winds are about 40 miles per hour and it is racing off to the west-northwest at 20 miles per hour. It is currently located about 170 miles east-southeast of St. Croix.
Grace is moving quickly toward the west, however, motion toward the west-northwest with a gradual decrease in forward speed is expected during the next several days, according to the National Hurricane Center.
The center of the tropical storm is expected to pass through the Leeward Islands tonight, near the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on Sunday, near or over the Dominican Republic Sunday night and Monday, and then near or over Haiti Monday night.
Grace is likely to weaken while it moves near and across the Greater Antilles Monday and Tuesday.
Below are the current watches and warnings in effect:
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for…
- Saba and Sint Eustatius
- Sint Maarten
- St. Martin and St. Barthelemy
- U.S. Virgin Islands
- Puerto Rico, including Vieques and Culebra
- Dominican Republic from Cabo Caucedo to Samana
A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for…
- South coast of the Dominican Republic from the Haitian border to Cabo Caucedo
- North coast of the Dominican Republic from the Haitian border to Samana
- Entire coast of Haiti