Leewards Urged To Monitor Tropical Storm Grace LK Hewlett Story Updated: September 7th 2015 at 9:36 am
The Meteorological Office in Antigua has advised residents in the Leeward Islands and the British Virgin Islands (BVI) to monitor the development of Tropical Storm Grace. As at 5am today (Sept 7) the National Hurricane Center put the weather system at 13.5N 33.9W, about 685 miles or 1100 km west south west of the Cape Verde Islands. TS Grace has maximum sustained winds of 50 mph and is moving west or 275 degrees at 16 mph. Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 60 miles (95 km) from the center. “This general motion is expected to continue over the next couple of days. Maximum sustained winds are near 50 mph (85 km/h) with higher gusts. Little change in strength is forecast during the next day or so, followed by gradual weakening thereafter,” the NHC forecast. The Antigua Met Office has not issued any warnings or watches at this time, but says that may change over the next 48 hours. ” The system is moving west and an alert may be issued within the next 48 hours. An alert means that a tropical cyclone is in a threatening position to the islands and usually comes 24-48 hours before a watch. “Residents should continue to monitor Tropical Storm Grace closely,” the agency advised.