The state of Florida is bracing for the impact of Tropical Depression Fred, which is expected to interact with the state on Friday.
In a tweet, the Florida Emergency Management Division shared a photo of one of its “daily calls to county emergency offices” in anticipation of the storm.
FRED IS BECOMING A TROPICAL LOW, BUT THESE AREAS SHOULD WATCH HIS TRACK
“The division is making daily calls with county EM offices in view of TS #Fred,” the division wrote on Wednesday. “The state hosts these calls to make sure we can respond quickly and efficiently. TS #Fred could have an impact on FL this weekend. Residents should activate weather alerts and monitor local media. “
“CTP # 6 turned into tropical storm #Fred overnight. This is the sixth named storm of the season and could potentially impact Florida this weekend, ” Governor Ron DeSantis tweeted earlier today. “While it is too early to determine the exact impacts, Floridians should review their disaster plans and follow @FLSERT for updates. “
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) also urged Floridians to follow instructions from local authorities, monitor the Florida Division of Emergency Management and the National Hurricane Center Atlantic’s Twitter accounts, and “have multiple ways to get weather alerts ”.
“We are monitoring the development of Tropical Storm #Fred. If you’re on her way, now is the time to #BeReady, ”the agency said.
Fred, which went from a tropical storm to a force of depression overnight Wednesday, swept through Haiti and the Dominican Republic on Thursday.
The storm cut power to about 300,000 customers in the Dominican Republic and caused flooding that forced government officials to shut down part of the country’s water system.
Heavy rains hit Hispaniola on Thursday and the National Hurricane Center (NHC) warned that additional rainfall could lead to mudslides, rapid river flooding as well as flash, urban and small stream flooding.
About 13,000 Puerto Rican residents were also without power after Fred bombed the islands with rain, and tropical storm warnings were interrupted there and in the U.S. Virgin Islands as the storm progressed.
TROPICAL STORM FRED BECOMES SIXTH NAMED STORM OF ATLANTIC HURRICANE SEASON
Tropical storm conditions were possible in the southeastern Bahamas and parts of Cuba, the agency said, and a tropical storm watch was in effect in several Cuban provinces.
The Hurricane Center said that at 11 a.m. ET Tropical Depression Fred was centered about 105 miles west of Great Inagua Island and about 180 miles east of Camaguey, Cuba.
The storm was moving west-northwest at nearly 14 mph with a decrease in forward speed expected for the next day or two, and maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph with gusts over high.
Rainfall of 3 to 5 inches was expected over the Dominican Republic, Haiti and the western Bahamas, as well as 1 to 3 inches over the Turks and Caicos Islands, the eastern Bahamas and Cuba.
While “little change in strength was expected until Thursday evening,” a slow strengthening is expected Friday and Saturday.
Meanwhile, Fred should regain the strength of a tropical storm.
The storm is on a predicted track that would carry it northwest to southern Florida, with the main threat to the United States appearing to be heavy rain in the Sunshine State and parts of the southeast from Friday to early Friday. next week.
Three to 5 inches of rain is expected in the Keys and southern Florida peninsula through Monday, with maximum isolated totals of 8 inches.
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Heavy rainfall in Florida, the Hurricane Center noted, could lead to potential rapid flooding of rivers and flooding in urban areas and small streams.
The NHC said a tropical storm watch would likely be issued for parts of the Florida Keys and southern Florida Peninsula Thursday afternoon, with the risk of a tropical storm beginning early Saturday.
Fred is the sixth named storm of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.