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Grace strengthens into major hurricane, New England prepares for Henri

A combination of Tropical Storm Watches, Warnings, and Hurricane Watches, Warnings in effect for parts of New England.
Published: Aug. 20, 2021 at 12:09 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 20, 2021 at 10:55 PM CDT
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BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) - While a toasty weekend is in store for the Brazos Valley locally, we continue to monitor two tropical systems Friday night.

HURRICANE GRACE

A slow crawl through the Caribbean will end with a second landfall in Mexico for Grace. After re-emerging in the gulf Thursday, Grace has rapidly strengthened into a Category 3 major hurricane ahead of landfall in North-Central Mexico Friday night. Strong wind, very heavy rain, and potential flooding and mudslides in portions of Mexico will be possible.

Friday night update from the National Hurricane Center.
Friday night update from the National Hurricane Center.(KBTX)

Here is the latest information on Hurricane Grace as of the Friday night update from the National Hurricane Center:

LocationMaximum Sustained WindsMovementMinimum Central Pressure
~ 105 miles N of Veracruz, Mexico120 mphW at 10 mph967 mb

Grace will quickly weaken as it makes contact with the mountains of Mexico, but may actually re-emerge in the eastern Pacific early next week.

TROPICAL STORM HENRI

Henri continues to churn slowly northward into the upcoming weekend. A mix of Tropical Storm Warnings, Watches, and Hurricane Warnings and Watches are now in effect for portions of southern New England.

Warnings and Watches in place for Southern New England Friday evening.
Warnings and Watches in place for Southern New England Friday evening.(KBTX)

Here is the latest information on Henri as of the Friday night update from the National Hurricane Center:

LocationMaximum Sustained WindsMovementMinimum Central Pressure
~ 230 miles SSE of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina70 mphN at 10 mph994 mb

Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center note that strengthening is forecast over the next day or so, and Henri is expected to become a hurricane overnight Friday or Saturday. The system is expected to make landfall in Long Island or southern New England late Saturday night or Sunday.

Friday night update from the National Hurricane Center.
Friday night update from the National Hurricane Center.(KBTX)

Impacts from Henri could include dangerous storm surge, high winds, and heavy rainfall in the amounts of 3 to 6 inches over Long Island and New England Sunday into Monday, with localized totals upwards of 10 inches possible.

Definitely a storm worth monitoring very closely over the weekend, as it could be a significant situation for folks in the Northeast.

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