Fred drenches North Carolina, Grace and Henri to become hurricanes

Tracking the Tropics

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – What is now Tropical Depression Fred made landfall more than 24 hours ago, but it continues to bring active weather as it works through the south, bringing rain, gusty winds, and isolated tornadoes.

As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, Fred was 90 miles west-southwest of Asheville, North Carolina. Sustained winds are only 25 miles per hour, but the thunderstorms within this system are bringing strong winds, in addition to isolated tornadoes, and dangerous flash flooding.

Fred will continue working up the southeast coast over the next few days. Our greatest impacts from Fred will come late tonight and early Wednesday morning as we deal with the last outer rain bands.

Grace has strengthened into a tropical storm, and as of 5 p.m. Tuesday had sustained winds of 50 miles per hour. The center of Grace is only a few miles south of Montego Bay, Jamaica and will become a hurricane by Wednesday. Hurricane warnings have already been issued for the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico where Grace is expected to make landfall sometime Wednesday night or Thursday morning. From there Grace will continue westward, impacting central Mexico by the weekend.

Tropical Storm Henri continues to gain strength in the open Atlantic. Winds within the storm are now up to 65 miles per hour, and is currently 135 miles south-southeast of Bermuda, where tropical storm watches are in place. Henri will become a hurricane by Friday as it turns to the north and remains in the open water. Henri could skirt the northeastern seaboard by the weekend, but as of right now, this is expected to be a “fish storm” If anything changes, CBS17 will let you know.

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