Tropical Storm Grace Heads West Through Atlantic Ocean, Expected To Weaken

Tropical Storm Grace took shape on Saturday, September 6, and is now tracking westward through the eastern Atlantic Ocean, AccuWeather reports.

The warm weather and low wind shear allowed Grace to strengthen on Sunday. However, the storm is expected to weaken into a tropical depression in the next couple of days and is not predicted to reach hurricane status. The maximum sustained winds on Monday were 45 miles-per-hour. By Thursday, September 10, Grace is expected to reach the Leeward Islands.

“[Grace] is already battling dry air and wind shear which is disrupting the organization of the tropical storm,” Dan Kottlowski, AccuWeather’s Senior Meteorologist and Hurricane Expert, said.

According to the National Hurricane Center, Tropical Storm Grace is located about 910 miles west of the Cape Verde Islands and is currently moving west at approximately 18 miles-per-hour. “It is possible that the storm will weaken into a tropical depression, or perhaps even a remnant low well before it encounters the Lesser Antilles,” said AccuWeather Meteorologist Anthony Sagliani.

As the Inquisitr previously reported, three hurricanes, which were being referred to as “triplets,” were spinning simultaneously in the Pacific Ocean for the first time in history. The hurricanes, named Ignacio, Jimena, and Kilo, all received a category 4 classification, the second highest possible on the Saffir-Simpson scale, last week. The occurrence marked the first time this has happened since records have been kept and set a new record for the 2015 hurricane season.

Now, Tropical Storm Grace and Hurricane Linda are the main threats. Brian McNoldy of the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science said Grace “will be slamming into a wall of strong vertical wind shear on Wednesday, which should quickly put an end to any intensification that may occur in the meantime. Models are currently in unanimous agreement on this.”

Hurricane Linda currently remains a category two hurricane and is well off of the coast of Mexico. As of 3:00 p.m. Monday, its coordinates were 18.3°N 112.7°W, and it was traveling northwest at 12 miles-per-hour.

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