Weakened Tropical Depression Fred Will Try To Regain Strength Before He Arrives In Florida

The weakened and disorganized tropical depression Fred is located on the warm waters of the Caribbean where it will try to regain its intensity before heading towards Cuba and Florida, after leaving the mountainous area of ​​the Dominican Republic and Haiti badly hit.

Fred has maximum sustained winds of 35 mph (55 km / h) and will remain weak through Friday and the weekend when it is forecast to slowly strengthen into a tropical storm again, according to the National Center. Hurricane (NHC).

“Fred is a mess this morning. A low-level eddy survives west of Inagua #Bahamas, while the mid-level center is about 80 miles south, southeast of Guantanamo. There is no thunderstorm activity anywhere near downtown, ”NBC6’s renowned meteorologist John Morales said on his Twitter account.

As a tropical storm Fred made landfall in the Dominican Republic on Wednesday with maximum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour (75 km / h).

The tropical system is expected to move through the southeastern Bahamas this Thursday, then near the north coast of central Cuba on Friday and would be close to the Florida Keys and the southern Florida peninsula on Saturday, he said. the NHC.

Heavy rains associated with Fred are forecast to hit Florida from Friday through next week. The tropical depression would dump 3 to 5 inches of rainfall in the Keys and the southern Florida peninsula, with maximum amounts of 8 inches that can cause flooding in urban areas and small streams and possible rapid river flooding.

There is a risk that tropical storm conditions will begin to be felt Saturday morning in the Keys and South Florida, the NHC warned.

The Key West National Weather Service agreed that a possible danger from the storm is heavy rains and forecast 4 to 6 inches for South Florida.

In the ports of Miami and Key West, the Coast Guard established the “Whiskey” status due to the expectation of sustained hurricane force winds of 25 mph and gusts of up to 40 mph generated by the tropical storm that can arrive within 72 hours.

Therefore all high seas vessels of 500 gross tons or more must plan to sail from both ports.

ALERTS AND SURVEILLANCE

A tropical storm warning is in effect for Haiti from the north with the border with the Dominican Republic to Gonaives, the southeast of the Bahamas and the provinces of Cuba Ciego de Ávila, Camagüey, Las Tunas, Holguín, Granma, Santiago de Cuba and Guantánamo.

“Residents in Haiti, the Bahamas, Cuba, the Keys and South Florida should keep an eye on Fred’s progress,” recommended the NHC.

In Haiti, Turks and Caicos, the eastern Bahamas and Cuba, 1 to 3 inches of rainfall are expected for a maximum of 5 inches.

Tropical storm conditions, mainly brief showers, are possible this Thursday morning along the northern coast of Haiti and the southeastern Bahamas. Cuba will begin to feel them late this day.

TROPICAL WAVE

The NHC reported that a tropical wave 1,400 miles east of the Lesser Antilles is likely to have a gradual development as it moves west over the Atlantic and could turn into a tropical depression next week.

The probability of formation is 30% at 48 hours and 60% at five days.

This system could reach areas of the Leeward Islands late on Saturday or Sunday morning.

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