Quake-hit Haiti braces for Tropical Depression Grace as Tropical Storm Fred eyes Florida

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Grace weakened to a tropical depression on Sunday, but the threat of flooding and mudslides remains for earthquake-devastated Haiti.

Threat level: Grace was forecast to bring up to eight inches of rainfall to Haiti and the Dominican Republic by Tuesday, per a National Weather Service advisory Sunday night. Its effects were expected to bring heavy rainfall to Florida later this week — which also faces the threat of a restrengthened Tropical Storm Fred.

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  • "Tropical storm conditions are possible in the Dominican Republic tonight and Monday, and in Haiti on Monday and Monday night," the NHC said in its 11 p.m. advisory, as Grace was 120 miles southeast of the Dominican Republic's capital, Santo Domingo.

  • A strengthening Fred was forecast to move across the eastern and northern Gulf of Mexico through Monday, then make landfall in the western Florida Panhandle that afternoon or night, according to the National Hurricane Center.

  • Heavy rain was expected to slam the Southeastern U.S. from Monday, with tornadoes possible over Sunday night.

"Heavy rainfall and a dangerous storm surge expected along the coast of the Florida Panhandle and Big Bend beginning Monday."

NHC advisory

The big picture: Grace formed early Saturday, some 400 miles east of the Leeward Islands, where the northeastern Caribbean Sea meets the western Atlantic Ocean.

  • Haiti’s Prime Minister Ariel Henry declared a monthlong state of emergency following the quake Saturday.

  • Fred formed as a tropical storm late Tuesday before weakening. It re-developed into a tropical storm over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico earlier Sunday.

  • Gov. Ron DeSantis has declared a state of emergency for Florida's Panhandle region ahead of Fred's expected restrengthening into a tropical storm.

Go deeper: NOAA's updated hurricane outlook calls for even more storms in 2021

Editor's note: This article has been updated with more details on the threats Grace and Fred pose.

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