Fred will likely strengthen as the Florida Keys approach, another system that will become Tropical Storm Grace – .

Fred will likely strengthen as the Florida Keys approach, another system that will become Tropical Storm Grace – .

RALEIGH, NC (WTVD) – Tropical Depression Fred has slowed and will likely start to strengthen later on Friday. The National Hurricane Center said Fred had winds at 35 mph by 11 a.m. Tropical storm warnings continue for the Keys and monitor Fort Myers and Naples.

Friday morning, Fred remained poorly organized after being weakened by his visit to Hispaniola.

However, the storm is now sitting over the warm waters of the Caribbean. This should allow Fred to strengthen himself in a tropical storm on Friday.

Fred will continue northwest towards the Florida Keys, where he is expected to arrive on Saturday. The storm will then move up the west coast of Florida until it hits the Florida Panhandle early Monday morning, then move towards Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee until the middle of next week.

Tropical storm conditions are expected this weekend in South Florida; all residents should be prepared for heavy rains and possible flooding.

A second system is strengthening in the Atlantic Ocean. It is expected to become Tropical Storm Grace from Friday evening to Saturday morning. A tropical storm watch has been issued for the Leeward Islands in the eastern Caribbean.

It is expected to remain in the form of a tropical storm this weekend and next week as it passes over Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.

By the middle of next week, what will be Grace, will approach northern Bahamas and southern Florida. At the moment, it doesn’t appear to be a strong storm, but that could change as it’s too far away for an accurate forecast.

Some long-range models over the next 10 days follow it to the Carolinas as a stronger tropical system.

Hurricane season 2021

Fred is named storm for the first time in five weeks. Our last named storm was Elsa, which became a hurricane on July 2nd. Elsa made landfall in Florida on July 5 and made its way north through Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina before heading north along the east coast.
Elsa was the first storm in the fifth name in history, breaking the record set the previous year in what has become the most active hurricane season of all time. However, since Elsa, there has been little to no tropical development.

The busiest part of the hurricane season is still ahead of us. Last week, NOAA said the hurricane season “shows no signs of slowing down,” and even updated its forecast from 13-20 named storms to 15-21.

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