Tropical update: Grace will become a hurricane today

View The Original Article Here

HOUSTON — The KHOU 11 Weather team and National Hurricane Center is tracking two different systems in the tropics right now — Hurricane Grace and Tropical Storm Henri.

As of 10 p.m. Houston time Thursday, Hurricane Grace was beginning to intensify as it moved across the southwestern Gulf of Mexico dumping heavy rain on the Yucatan Peninsula.

Grace is heading west across the southern Gulf.

On the forecast track, the center of Grace is forecast to move across the southwestern Gulf of Mexico Thursday night and Friday, and then make landfall along the coast of mainland Mexico late Friday or Friday night.

From there it will continue to move west to make another landfall near Veracruz, Mexico late Friday night into early Saturday morning — in the overnight hours.

Henri has maximum sustained winds at 65 mph. The system is expected to turn to the north and head for the New England coast this weekend as a Cat 1 Hurricane.