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Virgin Islands Territorial 
Emergency Management Agency

For Immediate Release

September 7, 2015

Tropical Storm Grace Continues Across the Atlantic

Strong Wind Shear Way Weaken System Before it Reaches Lesser Antilles

At 5 a.m., the center of Tropical Storm Grace was located near latitude 13.5 degrees north, longitude 33.9 degrees west. Grace is moving toward the west near 16 miles per hour, and this general motion is expected to continue over the next couple of days.

Grace is packing maximum sustained winds near 50 miles per hour with higher gusts. Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 60 miles from the center.

Environmental conditions are forecast to become less favorable by tonight as wind shear increases and dry air over the tropical Atlantic impacts Tropical Storm Grace’s circulation. Given the strong southwesterly upper-level winds expected near the eastern Caribbean, it is quite possible that Grace will degenerate to a tropical wave before it reaches the Lesser Antilles.

The National Hurricane Center will issue its next complete advisory at 11 a.m.