At 11 a.m., the center of Tropical Storm Grace was located near latitude 12.9 degrees North, longitude 29.9 degrees West. Grace is moving toward the west near 14 miles per hour and this general motion is expected to continue over the next 48 hours.
Maximum sustained winds are near 45 miles per hour with higher gusts. Some strengthening is forecast during the next day or two. Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 60 miles from the center.
According the National Hurricane Center, in the next one to two days, Grace is forecast to move through a low vertical wind shear environment with sea surface temperatures sufficiently warm for strengthening. Thereafter, the tropical cyclone is expected to encounter increasing west-southwesterly wind shear associated with a large trough over the eastern Caribbean Sea. So, whereas intensification is probable in the short term, Grace is likely to weaken later in the forecast period.
The next complete advisory will be issued at 5 p.m. today.
VITEMA Director Mona Barnes is encouraging the public to monitor this system very closely and to be ready to act if Tropical Storm Grace threatens the Territory.
For information about storm preparedness visit:
www.Ready.gov or www.Listo.gov.