Eye on the tropics: Fred downgraded to tropical depression, Grace and Henri continue to strengthen

ORLANDO, Fla. — Channel 9 continues to monitor the tropics. Read updates below:


6 p.m. update

Henri and Grace are both expected to gain hurricane strength.

So far this year, there has only been one Atlantic hurricane, but that number could increase with the arrival of Henri and Grace, Channel 9 meteorologist George Waldenberger said.

Tropical Depression Fred is over North Georgia and threatens heavy rain and a few tornadoes over the Carolinas, while Tropical Storm Grace is over Jamaica.

A hurricane warning has been issued for the east coast of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, including the Cancun area.

Tropical Storm Henri is forecast to become a hurricane by Friday.

The forecast cone is off the U.S. east coast but it may send waves to our beaches this weekend.

The forecast cone is off the us east coast but it may send waves to our beaches this weekend.

5 a.m. update


Fred was downgraded to a tropical depression.

The storm is bringing heavy rain to Alabama and Georgia.

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Fred is expected to degenerate into a remnant low by Tuesday night and merge with a frontal system on Wednesday.


Tropical Storm Grace is continuing to reorganize as it heads toward Jamaica. The storm is bringing heavy rain to portions of Hispaniola.

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The National Hurricane Center said Grace is forecast to move near the Cayman Islands on Tuesday night, and then approach the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico late Wednesday or early Thursday.

The storm could be near hurricane strength when it approaches the Yucatan coast of Mexico late Wednesday and early Thursday.

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Tropical Storm Henri is continuing to strengthen as to moves slowly toward Bermuda.

Henri is forecast to pass Bermuda late Tuesday.

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The storm’s winds have increased to 50 mph, with higher gusts.

Meteorologists believe it could strengthen over the next day or so.

Henri remains a small tropical cyclone.

None of the storms will directly impact Central Florida.

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Katlyn Brieskorn, WFTV.com

Katlyn Brieskorn is a Digital Assignment Editor at WFTV. She joined Channel 9 in July 2019.