Update: Thursday, August 12, 11:05 a.m. EST
Fred has weakened to a Tropical Depression, currently located about 80 miles northeast of Guantanamo, Cuba with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph. Forecasters predict Fred will strengthen back into a Tropical Storm Friday night, right before it heads toward the Florida Straits on Saturday.
Fred is expected to brush along the western coast of the Florida peninsula on Saturday into Sunday. Tropical Storm impacts may be felt from South Florida through the Tampa area Saturday into Sunday night.
Wednesday, August 11:
After a quiet month without any named storms, Tropical Storm Fred made landfall over the Dominican Republic early Wednesday morning.
Forecasters predict the system will weaken to a Tropical Depression Wednesday afternoon before re-emerging along the northern coast of Hispaniola. However, Fred may strengthen to a Tropical Storm again as it heads over open water between Cuba and The Bahamas.
Heavy rainfall could lead to flash, urban, and small stream flooding with possible rapid river rises and the potential of mudslides across the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic. The greatest threat for flooding impacts will be across eastern and southern Puerto Rico.
Fred’s path will likely take over the Florida Keys by Friday, bringing wind and rainfall impacts with the potential to spread throughout the Peninsula and Panhandle over the weekend. Forecasters say it’s too soon to determinant the exact timing, location, and magnitude of any impacts to Florida.
Check back with Tomorrow.io as we learn more about Tropical Storm Fred.