LOCATION: 14.1 degrees north, 41.0 degrees west
DISTANCE: ABOUT 1575 MILES EAST SOUTH-EAST OF THE BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS
MOVEMENT: WEST 20 MPH
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS: 40 MPH
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE: 1006MB
Grace continues moving quickly westward with little structural change over the past 6 hours. A burst of thunderstorms near the low-level centre overnight has helped Grace maintain minimal tropical storm strength. The thunderstorms are starting to weaken, and Grace will drop below tropical storm strength in 12 to 18 hours. Grace will weaken into a remnant low in about 48 hours due to dry air and increasing wind shear in its path. If Grace makes it into the Caribbean Sea it will likely be an open wave by the time it crosses the Leeward Islands on Friday morning.
At 500 AM, the centre of Tropical Storm Grace was located near latitude 14.1 North, longitude 41.0 West. Grace is moving toward the west near 20 mph, and this general motion is expected to continue over the next 48 hours.
Maximum sustained winds are near 40 mph with higher gusts. Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 45 miles from the centre.
The estimated minimum central pressure is 1006 mb.
Tropical Storm Grace is located in the Eastern Atlantic and at present, is not a threat to the British Virgin Islands.
Residents are encouraged to monitor the system and the DDM for updates when necessary.
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