Tropical update: Grace makes landfall in Mexico; Henri upgraded to hurricane

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Henri is expected to make landfall in Long Island or southern New England by Sunday.

KHOU 11 Staff, David Paul, Chita Craft

6:38 AM CDT August 14, 2021

9:55 AM CDT August 21, 2021

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.

Hurricane Grace

Hurricane Grace made landfall near Tecolutla, Mexico as a Category 3 hurricane a little before 1 a.m. Saturday. 

Maximum sustained winds started to decrease to near 90 mph after landfall with higher gusts. Grace will continue to weaken to a tropical storm as she moves further inland over the mountains of central Mexico this afternoon, according to NHC. She will then dissipate either Saturday night or Sunday, 

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Tropical Storm Henri

Henri is now a hurricane.

The storm’s winds have increased to near 75 mph and is expected to make landfall in Long Island or southern New England by Sunday, according to NHC.

Although some weakening is expected prior to landfall on Sunday, Henri is forecast to be at or near hurricane strength when it reaches the coasts of Long Island and southern New England. 

Henri is expected to produce rainfall amounts of 3 to 6 inches over portions of Long Island, New England, southeast New York, and northern New Jersey Sunday into Monday, with isolated maximum totals near 10 inches.

A tornado or two may occur Sunday over southern New England.

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