The seventh named storm of the season, Grace, was officially named on Saturday, but the official forecast calls for it to likely fizzle out by the time it potentially reaches the Caribbean Sea next weekend.
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) named the disturbance, located about 500 miles southwest of the Cape Verde Islands, on Saturday, and it strengthened marginally on Sunday, with maximum sustained winds of 50 miles-per-hour (MPH) as of Sunday night. However, the NHC’s forecast calls for continued slow strengthening as it tracks westward through the heart of the Atlantic Ocean, but by the end of the week unfavorable conditions are likely to weaken Grace, potentially weakening it to a rather minimal threat by next weekend.
Hostile conditions for tropical development have kept other storms forming in the same area from strengthening further so far this season. Tropical Storms Danny and Erika both formed along the same belt of concentrated thunderstorm activity in the central Atlantic, only for both storms to get ripped apart by wind shear and dry air. It appears Grace may suffer a similar fate, potentially bringing more beneficial rain to parts of the Leeward Islands, although hard-hit Dominica, which saw at least 31 people killed and extensive damage following torrential rainfall from Tropical Storm Erika last month, could certainly be spared from any possible rainfall.
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For WeatherNation: Meteorologist, Chris Bianchi