Tropical Storm Fred Forms in Atlantic

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) reported that Tropical Storm Fred formed Tuesday night off the coast of Puerto Rico, the sixth named storm of 2021.

The NHC said that TS Fred was moving 45 miles south-southwest of Ponce, Puerto Rico, with sustained winds of 40 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Tropical storm warnings are currently in effect for Puerto Rico, including Culebra and Vieques, the US Virgin Islands, and parts of the Dominican Republic while tropical storm watches were started in the southeastern Bahamas, Turks, and Caicos Islands, parts of Haiti, and the north coast of the Dominican Republic.

“There is a risk of wind and rainfall impacts in Florida beginning Friday in the Keys and spreading northward through portions of the Peninsula and the Panhandle this weekend,” warned the NHC. 

Fred was not expected to become a hurricane and could possibly weaken on Wednesday as it moves on higher terrain in Hispaniola.

Aside from Fred, the NHC is monitoring a tropical wave in the Atlantic that has a 30 percent chance of becoming a tropical depression in the next five days. 

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