Tropical Storm Grace bringing heavy rainfall, flash flooding to Puerto Rico Sunday

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Tropical Storm Grace is expected to bring heavy rainfall and flooding to Leeward Islands, Virgin Islands, Haiti, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico on Sunday.As of 5 a.m., the storm was 60 miles south-southeast of St. Croix and 150 miles southeast of San Juan, Puerto Rico. There were maximum. sustained winds of 40 miles per hour.Grace was moving west-northwest at 16 miles per hour.Forecasters said Grace was still not well-organized but is expected to slow down Sunday. According to the National Hurricane Center, Grace was in an environment favorable for intensification, and the NHC intensity forecast calls for modest strengthening before it reaches the Dominican Republic Monday morning.Tropical Storm Warnings:Saba and Sint Eustatius Sint Maarten St. Martin and St. Barthelemy U.S. Virgin Islands Puerto Rico, including Vieques and Culebra Dominican Republic from the southern Haitian border to Samana A Tropical Storm Watches:North coast of the Dominican Republic from the Haitian border to Samana Entire coast of HaitiRelated: How to choose your storm prep supplies, develop a planForecasters said last week that conditions for an above-average season are even more favorable than what had been previously predicted.National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecasters monitoring oceanic and atmospheric patterns say conditions are now more favorable for above-normal hurricane activity because El Niño has ended.NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center previously put the chances for an above-normal season at 30%. That is now up to 45% in the latest outlook.The likelihood of near-normal activity is now at 35%, and the chance of below-normal activity has dropped to 20%, forecasters said.The number of predicted storms is also greater with NOAA now expecting 10-17 named storms. Five to nine of those are forecast to become hurricanes.The Associated Press contributed to this report

Tropical Storm Grace is expected to bring heavy rainfall and flooding to Leeward Islands, Virgin Islands, Haiti, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico on Sunday.

As of 5 a.m., the storm was 60 miles south-southeast of St. Croix and 150 miles southeast of San Juan, Puerto Rico. There were maximum. sustained winds of 40 miles per hour.

Grace was moving west-northwest at 16 miles per hour.

Forecasters said Grace was still not well-organized but is expected to slow down Sunday.

According to the National Hurricane Center, Grace was in an environment favorable for intensification, and the NHC intensity forecast calls for modest strengthening before it reaches the Dominican Republic Monday morning.

Tropical Storm Warnings:

  • Saba and Sint Eustatius
  • Sint Maarten
  • St. Martin and St. Barthelemy
  • U.S. Virgin Islands
  • Puerto Rico, including Vieques and Culebra
  • Dominican Republic from the southern Haitian border to Samana A

Tropical Storm Watches:

  • North coast of the Dominican Republic from the Haitian border to Samana Entire coast of Haiti

Related: How to choose your storm prep supplies, develop a plan

Forecasters said last week that conditions for an above-average season are even more favorable than what had been previously predicted.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecasters monitoring oceanic and atmospheric patterns say conditions are now more favorable for above-normal hurricane activity because El Niño has ended.

NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center previously put the chances for an above-normal season at 30%. That is now up to 45% in the latest outlook.

The likelihood of near-normal activity is now at 35%, and the chance of below-normal activity has dropped to 20%, forecasters said.

The number of predicted storms is also greater with NOAA now expecting 10-17 named storms. Five to nine of those are forecast to become hurricanes.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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