Aug 11, 2021

Tropical Storm Fred Forms in the Caribbean

The U.S. is in the storm’s path

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Tropical Storm Fred formed Aug. 10 night off the coast of Puerto Rico, becoming the sixth named storm of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season.

According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC), as of 5 a.m. Aug. 11 the storm was about 115 miles east southeast of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, with sustained winds of 40 mph.

The storm is anticipated to track west near Hispanola Aug. 11 and near the southeastern Bahamas Aug. 12, reported NHC.

According to the NHC. tropical storm warnings are in effect for parts of the Dominican Republic. Tropical storm watches include southeastern Bahamas, Turks and Caicos Islands and parts of Haiti.

“The greatest threat for flooding impacts will be across the eastern and southeastern portions of Puerto Rico,” reported the NHC. The NHC adds that  Haiti, the Bahamas, Cuba, and the southern Florida Peninsula and the Florida keys should monitor the progress of Fred.

According to the forecast: 

  • Across the Dominican Republic 3-5 inches with isolated maximum totals of 8 inches of rainfall are expected. Heavy rainfall could also lead to flash, urban, and small stream flooding, along with possible rapid river rises and the potential for mudslides.
  • Over Haiti, the Turks and Caicos, the eastern Bahamas, and Cuba, 1-3 inches with isolated maximum totals of 5 inches is anticipated.
  • And across the western Bahamas, 3-5 inches, with isolated maximum totals of 8 inches of rain is expected.
  • 3-5 inches of rain is anticipated across the Keys and southern Florida peninsula, with isolated maximum totals of 8 inches of rainfall.

More updates from the NHC are expected. Fred is not currently expected to strengthen into a hurricane.

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