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Tropical Storm Fred makes landfall in Florida Panhandle; Henri forms near Bermuda

Grace expected to restrengthen, could become hurricane
Posted at 5:35 AM, Aug 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-16 23:24:20-04

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The National Hurricane Center said Tropical Storm Fred made landfall Monday afternoon in the Florida Panhandle.

Packing maximum sustained winds of 65 mph, the storm made landfall near Cape San Blas, Florida at 2:15 p.m. CT.

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As of 11 p.m., the center of Fred moves near 12 mph into extreme southeastern Alabama bringing heavy rains and flood threat spreading inland.

Fred's maximum sustained winds decreased to near 40 mph with higher gusts and the storm should become a tropical depression overnight or early Tuesday.

On the forecast track, the center of Fred will move across western and northern Georgia on Tuesday, across the southern Appalachian Mountains on Tuesday night, and into the central Appalachians by early Wednesday.

Tropical Depression Grace

Tropical Depression Grace is bringing extreme heavy rain causing flooding across portions of Hispanola, according to the 11 p.m. NHC advisory.

"Looks to move over the southern part of Haiti, and then thread the needle between Jamaica and Cuba before heading out into the Gulf of Mexico," WPTV First Alert Weather Meteorologist James Wieland said.

The depression is moving toward the west near 14 mph.

On the forecast track, the center of Grace will continue to move near or over the Tiburon Peninsula of Haiti during the next couple of hours, and then move between southeastern Cuba and Jamaica on Tuesday. Grace is forecast to move near the Cayman Islands Tuesday night and then approach the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico late Wednesday or early Thursday.

Grace has maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph with higher gusts and the depression is forecast to become a tropical storm on Tuesday.

The NHC keeps Grace south of Florida through the workweek, putting the entire state well out of the storm's cone of uncertainty.

Wieland said some models have Grace approaching hurricane strength before it makes landfall along the Mexico coastline late Friday or early Saturday.

Tropical Storm Henri

Tropical Depression Eight strengthed Monday afternoon to become Tropical Storm Henri.

As of 11 p.m., Henri's winds have increased to near 45 mph with higher gusts.

Henri will wrap around Bermuda through the workweek and pose no threat to the U.S. A tropical storm watch is in effect for Bermuda.

"The forecast just has this looping around," Wieland said. "This isn't gonna do anything for us, either. This will just loop around and stay out in the Atlantic."