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Press Releases & Statements

Virgin Islands Territorial 
Emergency Management Agency

For Immediate Release

September 5, 2015

Weather Statement - Tropical Storm Grace

The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories for Tropical Storm Grace, the seventh named storm of the 2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season.

At 5 p.m., the center of Tropical Storm Grace was located near latitude 12.6 North, longitude 26.4 West. Grace is moving toward the west near 14 miles per hour, and this general motion is expected to continue for the next couple of days. Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 40 miles per hour with higher gusts. Some additional strengthening is expected during the next day or so, with weakening possible by Monday. Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 35 miles from the center.

The next complete advisory will be issued at 11 p.m.

USVI Forecast

According to the National Weather Service, it’s still too early to forecast Grace’s trajectory. However, computer model projections indicate that Tropical Storm Grace, if it continues on a westward track, will encounter a hostile environment of strong wind shear as it approaches the Lesser Antilles. This may weaken the system considerably or cause it to dissipate. 

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. “Stay prepared and informed,” Barnes said.

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