- Two of the three storms will hit the United States this week.
- Rainfall in the Mid-Atlantic states as well.
- Grace may be the target on the Gulf Coast of Texas.
As tropical storms roared across the Gulf of Mexico into Florida on Monday, tropical cyclones and hurricane alert were triggered across the state’s Funhand.
Fred was one of three storms Rotates in the Atlantic Basin, with at least two of them hitting the U.S. coast this week. A tropical storm approaching the Dominican Republic lined up behind Grace Fred. Haiti affected by the earthquake Monday morning, and tropical depression eight, which formed late Sunday near Bermuda.
The National Hurricane Center predicted on Monday that the depression near Bermuda would strengthen into Henry and that tropical storm monitoring was in place for the island.
Fred is targeting Florida, Alabama
Fred was centered 55 miles southwest of Florida’s Apalachicola, with winds continuing to blow at 60 mph, as of 11 a.m. Monday. The storm was moving north at a speed of about 10 miles per hour and its winds reached almost 115 miles from the center of the storm.
The hurricane center is forecast to gain speed and strength as it approaches Fred Panhandle and will cross the coast at West Florida Panhandle early Monday afternoon or evening. Some parts of southern Alabama and Georgia could also be the target of the storm’s worst damage.
At Panama City beach in Funhord, Florida, lifeguards hoisted double red flags to warn seafarers against heading to the Gulf of Mexico. The area is slightly windy due to rain and storms, and schools and government offices were closed Monday as evacuation orders were not issued.
“We were definitely in a worse situation than this, but it was no reason to be complacent,” said Tommy Ford, Florida Bay County Sheriff. “It is better to have less people on the road. We expect heavy rain from this storm.
Fred’s wet rain is likely to blow into the Mid-Atlantic states
Areas in the south will receive 4 to 8 inches of rain, with a maximum of 12 inches, the hurricane center warned. The maximum storm isolated was 10 inches, with 4-7 inches of rain falling through southeastern Alabama west and north Georgia and West Carolina.
As of Wednesday, parts of Virginia and other Mid-Atlantic states isolated with 2 to 4 inches of rain are expected to have a maximum storm total of 6 inches.
The center said heavy rains could lead to urban, small streams and isolated river floods.
‘Life-threatening’ storms may arise
The hurricane center warned that a combination of dangerous storm surge and tidal surge would submerge the arid areas near the coast in Panhandle with water moving inward from the coast. The storm will reach five feet in some areas.
“There is a risk of life-threatening floods moving inland,” the center said.
Tropical depression Grace closed in Dominican Republic, Haiti
At 11 a.m., Grace centered 85 miles southeast of Port-au-Prince in Haiti and moved westward at 15 mph. The hot wind blew over 35 miles per hour a few miles below the storm level, with a slight change in strength forecast over the next few days. It rained in Puerto Rico early Monday morning and Grace was pushed into the area.
Grace was forecast to move over Hispaniola in the afternoon, and the center of the hurricane predicted up to 15 inches of rain.
In Haiti, a massive earthquake on Saturday killed at least 1,300 people, with first responders and volunteers fighting to rescue survivors ahead of an impending storm.
Texas may be Grace’s U.S. target
Mercy is expected to emerge in the Gulf of Mexico this weekend and the U.S. Gulf Coast could be a target. AccuWeather forecasters said they were monitoring atmospheric conditions and how they could influence where Grace will go over the weekend. These factors include the hot waters of the Gulf of Mexico, as well as air at various levels in the atmosphere.
“If no other meteorological system in South America is to guide the Grace Off, the tropical system could target Texas,” Aquather said.
South Texas was on track for a possible forecast of Grace, but according to the Hurricane Center’s latest forecast released Monday morning, the storm is likely to hit Mexico.
Tropical depression near Bermuda develops at eight
The tropical depression was blowing at a maximum speed of 35 miles per hour and was about 135 miles east-southeast of Bermuda as of Monday morning. The epicenter was reported below the Pacific Ocean floor, however; no tsunami alert was issued.
Forecasters said in a consultation that the system is expected to “slowly turn clockwise toward the west” in the next few days. The center of the depression was predicted to move southeast and south of the island region.
Forecasters said the storm would not reach the U.S. coast despite the early stages of its development.
Contributed by: Associated Press
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