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Florida Is On Tropics Watch As TS Fred Approaches

We continue to keep a close eye on Tropical Storm Fred.  Most of South Florida is in the 3-day “cone,” but the exact impacts of Fred are still uncertain.  South Florida can expect at least gusty winds and periods of very heavy rainfall with possible flooding in some locations.

In the meantime, Wednesday starts with good sun in the east coast metro area and a mix of sun and clouds along the Gulf coast.  Then look for some showers and storms to pop up.  Highs on Wednesday will be in the low 90s — but it will feel about 10 degrees hotter.

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Thursday will feature lots of sun during the morning and early afternoon, with showers and storms developing by the mid to late afternoon.  Thursday’s highs will be in the low 90s.

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Friday will begin with a mix of sun and clouds.  Look for increasing breezes with showers and storms in the afternoon.  Depending on the track and strength of TS Fred, Friday evening is likely to see deteriorating conditions, especially in the Keys.  Friday’s highs will be near 90 degrees in the east coast metro area and in the low 90s along the Gulf coast.

Saturday’s forecast will be determined on the strength and track of Fred.  For now, we’ll say portions of the Keys and the Gulf coast could see tropical storm force winds and heavy rain, while the east coast metro area is likely to see periods of heavy rain and windy conditions. Localized flooding is possible around South Florida.  Saturday’s highs will be in the upper 80s.

Sunday’s forecast will again depend on TS Fred, but for now, we’ll say that clouds, showers, and storms will linger as winds gradually subside.  Highs on Sunday will be in the upper 80s.

Tropical Storm Fred formed from Potential Tropical Cyclone # 6 on Tuesday night.  At 5 am Wednesday, Fred was located near 18.0 North, 68.2 West, about 115 miles east-southeast of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.  Maximum sustained winds were 40 miles per hour.  Fred was moving west-northwest at 16 miles per hour.  A tropical storm warning is in effect for much of the coast of the Dominican Republic.  Tropical storm watches are in effect for the portions of the Haitian coast, the southeastern Bahamas, and the Turks and Caicos. While Fred’s track over or near Hispaniola on Wednesday into early on Thursday could disrupt its circulation, South Florida can expect some impacts from this system Friday evening into Saturday. Pay very close attention to Fred’s progress, and be prepared to take necessary action on Thursday, wrapping up preparations no later than Friday morning.

Elsewhere in the tropics, a wave a few hundred miles southwest of the Cape Verde Islands has a low chance of developing during the next five days.

Donna Thomas has studied hurricanes for two decades. She holds a PhD in history when her experience with Hurricane Andrew ultimately led her to earn a degree in broadcast meteorology from Mississippi State University. Donna spent 15 years at WFOR-TV (CBS4 in Miami-Fort Lauderdale), where she worked as a weather producer with hurricane experts Bryan Norcross and David Bernard. She also produced hurricane specials and weather-related features and news coverage, as well as serving as pool TV producer at the National Hurricane Center during the 2004 and 2005 seasons. Donna also served as a researcher on NOAA's Atlantic Hurricane Database Reanalysis Project. Donna specializes in Florida's hurricane history.