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Fred Looking Ragged, But Storm Expected To Strengthen As It Approaches Florida

By News Creatives Authors , in Business , at August 12, 2021

Topline

What was Tropical Storm Fred is now a poorly organized tropical depression after moving over Hispaniola, but forecasters are still calling for the storm to restrengthen as it moves toward Florida, which could start dealing with impacts on Friday.

Key Facts

Tropical Depression Fred has only 35 mph maximum sustained winds, and was so torn apart after moving over mountainous regions of the Dominican Republic and Haiti that the system can barely even be classified as a tropical depression, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Fred is now over open water, though, and conditions should allow for the storm to restrengthen over the next few days.

The forecast calls for the storm to bring impacts across the state of Florida over the next few days, with the storm strengthening over the eastern Gulf of Mexico just off the coast of the Florida peninsula before making landfall as a strong tropical storm along the state’s panhandle on Monday.

South Florida will be the first to feel impacts—most likely in the form of heavy rain starting on Friday that “could lead to areal, urban, and small stream flooding, along with possible rapid river rises” in the area.

Similar impacts, along with higher wind gusts as the storm strengthens, could cover much of the state over the weekend.

Big Number

8. That’s how many inches of rain could fall in south Florida during the course of the storm, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Key Background

Fred formed just south of Puerto Rico late on Tuesday and the storm looked to be getting better organized before making landfall in the Dominican Republic on Wednesday, where mountainous terrain significantly impacted the storm’s structure. The weakening system still caused about 300,000 power outages and led to evacuations of low-lying areas, according to The Associated Press. 

What To Watch For

Fred was the first new storm to form in the Atlantic in more than a month, as the 2021 hurricane season heats up. Government forecasters at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are calling for a drastic uptick in storm activity during the next several weeks, leading to what could be one of the most active hurricane seasons in history. The National Hurricane Center is already monitoring another system that’s expected to follow a similar path to Fred, giving the area of disturbed weather a 60% chance of developing over the next five days. The historical peak of hurricane season is on Sept. 10.

Further Reading

Hurricane Season About To Take A Major Turn For The Worse, Government Forecasters Say (Forbes)

Tropical Storm Fred Forms Near Puerto Rico And Is Moving Towards Florida (Forbes)

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