(CNN) – Now a hurricane and heading toward Mexico, Grace is threatening to bring strong hurricane winds, life-threatening raging waters, storm surge and torrential rain.
Grace endured 120 km/h winds with stronger gusts as it moved away from the Grand Cayman. It is expected to reach the Yucatan Peninsula on Wednesday evening or early Thursday NHC.
By late Wednesday morning, Grace was 104 kilometers west of Grand Cayman.
A hurricane warning is in effect for the Yucatan Peninsula from Cancun to Punta Herrero, including Cozumel.
This warning means that hurricane conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area. While the alert indicates the possibility of a hurricane in that area.
Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, and parts of the Yucatan Peninsula could receive 101 to 203 mm and an isolated amount of up to 304 mm of rain due to the storm, which could lead to flash floods and urban flooding.
The commission said severe storms in the area are likely to cause a life-threatening surge and affect current conditions.
In addition, a storm of 91 to 152 cm above normal tide levels is expected.
Once Grace makes landfall in the Yucatan Peninsula, CNN meteorologist Michael Jay said it is expected to continue west and cross into Campeche Bay after losing some strength.
The storm will renew and is expected to become a hurricane again before landing again along Mexico’s central coast Friday night.
Blessing passes over Haiti
During the night of Monday through Tuesday, the Grace Center briefly passed over Haiti’s Tiburon Peninsula, bringing torrential rain, the commission said.
Grace is expected to bring more rain to the area after it recovered from a 7.2-magnitude earthquake that struck on Saturday, killing at least 1,941 people.
According to UNICEF, about 1.2 million people, including 540,000 children, were affected by the earthquake.
In a statement on Tuesday, UNICEF said Grace, which hit the same area late Monday due to a tropical storm, is “further disrupting access to water, shelter and other essential services.”
“Floods and landslides are likely to exacerbate the situation of vulnerable families and further complicate the humanitarian response,” he added.
There are no precipitation reports or radar monitoring data available outside of Haiti. But CNN meteorologists estimate that roughly 60 to 100 millimeters of rain fell between 11 a.m. ET on Monday and 11 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, based on estimates from a NOAA satellite. .
CNN’s Judson Jones, Michael Jay, Matt Rivers and Teresa Waldrop contributed to this report.
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