Tropical Storm Grace is set to become a hurricane on Wednesday as it tracks toward Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. The storm could make landfall near Cancun and Cozumel before tracking into the Gulf this weekend. Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Henri could become a hurricane near Bermuda over the next few days. More on what to expect from the tropics through this weekend, below.
FRED’S MOISTURE WILL SOON REACH EASTERN CANADA
The remnants of Tropical Storm Fred will continue to inch through the eastern United States on Wednesday, two days after making landfall in Florida and a day after producing widespread flash flooding and tornadoes across the Carolinas.
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Fred’s remnant moisture will spread over parts of Ontario and Quebec over the next couple of days. The surplus of moisture aloft could spark a round of showers and thunderstorms across the two provinces.
GRACE SET TO HIT MEXICO AS A HURRICANE
Grace strengthened into a strong tropical storm on Tuesday night as it passed Jamaica and skirted the Cayman Islands.
The storm brought heavy rains to Haiti just days after a destructive 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck southwest of Port-au-Prince. The storm’s flash flooding and mudslides complicated rescue and relief efforts for communities devastated by this weekend’s quake.
Forecasters expect Grace to take advantage of warm waters and favourable atmospheric conditions to strengthen into this year’s second hurricane as it approaches Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center expects Grace to bring a period of dangerous conditions to the Yucatan as it makes landfall Wednesday night into Thursday.
Hurricane warnings are in effect for a stretch of coast that includes Cancun and Cozumel as the storm approaches the region.
Alongside the potential for wind damage, Grace could produce 100-200 mm of rain across the region, which could lead to flash flooding in vulnerable areas. Coastal communities could also experience storm surge flooding of 1-1.5 m above ground level if the storm makes landfall during high tide.
The storm will continue into the Gulf of Mexico after it passes over the Yucatan, where it could strengthen again before it makes landfall on Mexico’s east coast near Tampico this weekend.
WATCH BELOW: GRACE WILL LIKELY SPELL MAJOR PROBLEMS FOR MEXICO
HENRI COULD BECOME A HURRICANE NEAR BERMUDA THIS WEEKEND
Tropical Storm Henri strengthened a bit on Tuesday as it meandered south of Bermuda. A tropical storm watch remains in effect for the island as there’s a slight chance the storm could inch close enough to bring a period of squally weather.
Forecasters expect Henri to curve toward the north this weekend as it gets caught up in the winds circulating around a centre of high pressure over the western Atlantic. The system could grow into a minimal hurricane by Friday, maintaining that strength through the weekend.
While it’s still too soon to determine what, if any, impacts Henri will have on Atlantic Canada, we’ll have to watch the storm closely as we head into next week.
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