Tropical Storm Fred updates LIVE – Fred strengthens to Tropical Storm on path to Florida as Storm Grace tracks to Haiti

FRED has strengthened to a tropical storm status as it barrelling towards Florida as Storm Grace heads for quake-hit Haiti.

he National Hurricane Center said Fred regained its tropical storm status in the Gulf of Mexico early Sunday as parts of the Caribbean were gearing up for impacts from Tropical Storm Grace.

Fred was forecast to move across the Gulf before reaching the coast Monday night or Tuesday morning, forecasters said. They said people from Alabama to the central Florida Panhandle should monitor the system's progress.

A tropical storm watch was issued from the Alabama/Florida border to Ochlockonee, Florida. Fred's maximum sustained winds stood at 40 mph (65 kph) Sunday morning.

Anticipating Fred, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency for the state's Panhandle region. And Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey issued a statement Saturday saying her administration was monitoring the weather and will be ready to act from the state level if needed.

Fred's remnants were located early Sunday about 350 miles (565 kilometers) south-southeast of Pensacola, Florida, and moving north-northwest at 9 mph (15 kph).

The hurricane center said 3 to 7 inches of rain were expected across the Florida Keys and southern peninsula by Monday, with isolated maximums of 10 inches.

Read our Tropical Storm Fred live blog for the latest news and updates…

 

  • Patrick Knox

    TROPICAL STORM ALERT

  • Patrick Knox

    RAIN DANGER

    Both Grace and Fred, regardless of their storm status, posed a heavy rain and flood threat, forecasters said.

    Rainfall totals around 3 to 6 inches were forecast from Grace for the Leeward Islands, Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, through Tuesday.

    Fred was forecast to bring 4 to 8 inches (10 to 20 centimeters) to the Big Bend of Florida and the Panhandle from Sunday night into Tuesday.

    A tropical storm earlier in the week, Fred had weakened to a depression by its spin over Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

    Here it knocked out power to some 400,000 customers and caused flooding that forced officials to shut part of the country's aqueduct system.

  • Patrick Knox

    ‘ABOVE AVERAGE’ STORM SEASON

    Last week the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported there was a 65 percent chance of an “above-average” storm season, with a 70 percent probability of 15-21 named storms. 

    Seven to 10 of the hurricanes could reach Category 3, 4, or 5 strengths.

  • Patrick Knox

    WHAT IS A TROPICAL STORM?

    A tropical storm, also referred to as a tropical cyclone, is a rapidly rotating storm system.

    A tropical storm can be characterized by:

    • A low-pressure center
    • A closed low-level atmospheric circulation
    • Strong winds
    • A Spiral arrangement of thunderstorms that lead to heavy rain and/or squalls

    The sustained surface wind speed of a tropical storm ranges from 39 mph to 73 mph.

    STORM FORCE

    PICTURED: FLORIDA PREPARES

    FRED DREAD: FLORIDA AND ALABAMA WARNED

    The National Hurricane Center said Fred regained its tropical storm status in the Gulf of Mexico early todAY as parts of the Caribbean were gearing up for impacts from Tropical Storm Grace.

    Fred was forecast to move across the Gulf before reaching the coast Monday night or Tuesday morning, forecasters said.

    They said people from Alabama to the central Florida Panhandle should monitor the system's progress.

    A tropical storm watch was issued from the Alabama/Florida border to Ochlockonee, Florida. Fred's maximum sustained winds stood at 40 mph this morning.

    STATE OF EMERGENCY

    Anticipating Fred, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency for the state's Panhandle region.

    And Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey issued a statement Saturday saying her administration was monitoring the weather and will be ready to act from the state level if needed.

    STORM HELL TOMORROW

    Forecasters expected the remnants of Fred to return to tropical storm status in the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday as parts of the Caribbean were gearing up for impacts from Tropical Storm Grace.

    According to the U.S. National Hurricane Center, Fred was forecast to move across the Gulf before reaching the coast Monday night or Tuesday morning,

    Forecasters said people from Alabama to the central Florida Panhandle should monitor the system's progress.

    • Katie Balevic

      TROPICAL STORM GRACE

      The National Weather Service warned of rainfall, winds, and tornadoes with Storm Grace.

    • Katie Balevic

      FRED DOWNGRADES TO TROPICAL WAVE BUT COULD REGAIN STRENGTH

      The Weather Channel has reported that Storm Fred is not a tropical storm.

      However, it is expected to "reorganize and strengthen in the days ahead in the Gulf of Mexico," the site said.

    • Katie Balevic

      IS THERE ANOTHER TROPICAL STORM BEHIND FRED?

      The National Hurricane Center reported that there are "high odds" that a tropical wave behind Fred will turn into a tropical storm.

      As of August 13, the tropical wave is 850 miles east of the Lesser Antilles and has an 80% chance of either becoming a tropical depression or storm within the next two to five days.

      While not much information is available on the tropical wave, it is moving through the Atlantic at 20 mph and is reported to have a similar path as Fred.

      The wave is expected to reach the Leeward Islands Saturday night, the Virgin Islands on Sunday and Puerto Rico Sunday night.

    • Katie Balevic

      STORM PROVIDING RELIEF FROM 'DANGEROUS HEAT'

      Weather experts warned of "dangerous heat" this week.

    • Katie Balevic

      'HEAVY RAIN, GUSTY WINDS'

      The Weather Channel has issued weather watches for Florida.

    • Katie Balevic

      MIAMI DISTRIBUTING SANDBAGS

      Miami was distributing sandbags on Friday in preparation for the storm.

    • Katie Balevic

      GOV. RON DESANTIS WARNED FLORIDIANS

      In a tweet on Friday, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis warned residents to expect heavy rains.

    • Katie Balevic

      POWER OUTAGES REPORTED IN FLORIDA

      Power outages were reported in major Florida cities on Saturday evening.

      The outages were reported near Orlando, Fort Myers, Fort Lauderdale, Vero Beach, and Sanford, according to Florida Power & Light.

      The agency reported that over 99 percent of its customers still had power.

    • Katie Balevic

      FRED PREDICTED TO STRIKE FURTHER WEST

      Predictions on Saturday morning said Storm Fred may hit "farther west, possibly making landfall anywhere from the Mississippi Coast to the Florida Panhandle."

    • Katie Balevic

      HEAVY RAIN EXPECTED

      The hurricane center said three to seven inches of rain were expected across the Florida Keys and Southern Peninsula by Monday, with isolated maximums of 10 inches (25 centimeters).

      The Miami-based National Hurricane Center previously said Fred had maximum sustained winds of 35 mph and was dropping heavy rain over parts of Cuba, where the main threats were rain and flooding.

    • Katie Balevic

      FRED COULD 'REDEVELOP' INTO STORM

      Authorities are forecasting that Fred could likely redevelop from a wave to a depression to a tropical storm yet again.

      Fred is currently in the Gulf of Mexico, moving towards Cuba tracking west-northwestward at 10 to 15mph, The Weather Channel reports.

    • Katie Balevic

      23 COUNTIES UNDER STATE OF EMERGENCY

      Florida's state of emergency applies to 23 counties: Bay, Calhoun, Citrus, Dixie, Escambia, Franklin, Gadsden, Gilchrist, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Lafayette, Leon, Levy, Liberty, Manatee, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Taylor, Wakulla, Walton and Washington.

      A press release said: "By declaring a state of emergency, Governor DeSantis is ensuring that state and local governments have ample time, resources and flexibility to prepare."

    • Katie Balevic

      TROPICAL STORM GRACE

      The National Weather Service warned of rainfall, winds, and tornadoes with Storm Grace.

    • Katie Balevic

      GOV. RON DESANTIS WARNED FLORIDIANS

      In a tweet on Friday, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis warned residents to expect heavy rains.

    • Katie Balevic

      IS THERE ANOTHER TROPICAL STORM BEHIND FRED?

      The National Hurricane Center reported that there are "high odds" that a tropical wave behind Fred will turn into a tropical storm.

      As of August 13, the tropical wave is 850 miles east of the Lesser Antilles and has an 80% chance of either becoming a tropical depression or storm within the next two to five days.

      While not much information is available on the tropical wave, it is moving through the Atlantic at 20 mph and is reported to have a similar path as Fred.

      The wave is expected to reach the Leeward Islands Saturday night, the Virgin Islands on Sunday and Puerto Rico Sunday night.

    • Katie Balevic

      WHAT IS A TROPICAL STORM?

      A tropical storm, also referred to as a tropical cyclone, is a rapidly rotating storm system.

      A tropical storm can be characterized by:

      • A low-pressure center
      • A closed low-level atmospheric circulation
      • Strong winds
      • A Spiral arrangement of thunderstorms that lead to heavy rain and/or squalls

      The sustained surface wind speed of a tropical storm ranges from 39 mph to 73 mph.

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