Downgraded to a tropical depression overnight, Fred, the first named storm in a month, is forecast to press on between the Bahamas and Cuba on Thursday before strengthening again ahead of landfall in Florida.
The risk of Fred impacting the Sunshine State was increasing as it brought heavy rain and flooding risks to the Caribbean island nations of the Dominican Republic and Haiti, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Florida may being feeling Fred’s effects as early as Friday, and heavy rainfall could lead to flooding. Tropical storm conditions are expected Saturday. Fred could potentially make landfall in the Keys and south Florida, according to the weather service.
Fred reached tropical storm strength late Tuesday and drenched the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico before continuing its downpour on the Dominican Republic and Haiti.
Hurricane season is upon us during a pandemic.Here’s what you need to protect yourself.
The storm weakened to a tropical depression, as expected, but forecasters say it will gain momentum en route to Florida. While there is still uncertainty about its track, Fred could make landfall in the state in multiple locations, forecasters said.
Fred is the sixth named storm of the 2021 hurricane season and first in August, breaking a month-long lull after Hurricane Elsa formed July 9.
Where is Tropical Depression Fred?
Fred was centered 40 miles west-southwest of Great Inagua Island in the Bahamas and 80 miles northeast of Guantanamo,…