Tropical Storm Fred updates LIVE – Fred is now 'life threatening' storm as Florida braces & Grace on track to be WORSE

FRED has strengthened to a tropical storm status as it is barrelling towards Florida. Meanwhile, Storm Grace heads for quake-hit Haiti.

The National Hurricane Center said Fred regained its tropical storm status in the Gulf of Mexico early Sunday as parts of the Caribbean were gearing up for impacts from Tropical Storm Grace.

Fred was forecast to move across the Gulf before reaching the coast Monday night or Tuesday morning, forecasters said. They said people from Alabama to the central Florida Panhandle should monitor the system's progress.

A tropical storm watch was issued from the Alabama/Florida border to Ochlockonee, Florida. Fred's maximum sustained winds stood at 40 mph (65 kph) Sunday morning.

Anticipating Fred, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency for the state's Panhandle region. And Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey issued a statement Saturday saying her administration was monitoring the weather and will be ready to act from the state level if needed.

Fred's remnants were located early Sunday about 350 miles (565 kilometers) south-southeast of Pensacola, Florida, and moving north-northwest at 9 mph (15 kph).

The hurricane center said 3 to 7 inches of rain were expected across the Florida Keys and southern peninsula by Monday, with isolated maximums of 10 inches.

Read our Tropical Storm Fred live blog for the latest news and updates…

 

  • Katie Balevic

    TROPICAL STORM FRED DUE TO ARRIVE MONDAY

    Fred was forecast to move across the Gulf before reaching the coast Monday night or Tuesday morning, forecasters said.

    They said people from Alabama to the central Florida Panhandle should monitor the system’s progress.

    A tropical storm warning is now in effect for the coast of the Florida Panhandle from Navarre to the Wakulla/Jefferson County line, meaning tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area in the next 24 hours.

    A tropical storm watch is in effect for the coast of the Florida Panhandle from the Alabama/Florida border to Navarre.

  • Katie Balevic

    HOW FAST IS TROPICAL STORM FRED TRAVELING?

    A Sunday morning advisory from the National Hurricane Center said Fred has seen maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour and is moving northwest slowly at 12 miles per hour.

    Fred will continue North for the next 48 hours and should make landfall Monday afternoon or evening in Western Florida.

    The Florida Keys and southern Florida should brace for three to five inches of rain, and Florida’s Big Bend and Panhandle should be expected somewhere between four and eight inches with isolated spots possibly seeing more than a foot of rain.

  • Katie Balevic

    STORM SURGE WARNING

    The National Hurricane Center put a storm surge warning in effect for the Florida Panhandle.

    "Water levels of 2-4 ft above ground level are expected within that area," the agency said.

  • Katie Balevic

    FLOODING IN TEXAS

    As storms rage towards the Gulf Coast, heaving rains and flooding were reported in Texas.

  • Katie Balevic

    TIME LAPSE OF TROPICAL STORM GRACE

    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shared a time-lapse of a flight through Tropical Storm Grace.

  • Katie Balevic

    TROPICAL STORM GRACE FROM THE SKY

    A hurricane hunter shared stunning views of Tropical Storm Grace from the sky.

  • Katie Balevic

    DESANTIS ISSUED A STATE OF EMERGENCY

    Florida's Governor Ron DeSantis has issued a state of emergency for 23 of Florida's 67 counties.

    Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey said authorities in her state were also monitoring the storm and encouraged residents to be "weather aware."

    "Fred’s current projected path includes Alabama," she said. "We are keeping a close eye on this storm as the forecast develops and will be ready to act from the state level if needed."

  • Katie Balevic

    GRACE BRINGING 'LOCALLY HEAVY RAINS'

    The National Hurricane Center is monitoring Tropical Storm Grace and warning of "heavy rains."

  • Katie Balevic

    FRED APPROACHING THE GULF COAST

    Tropical Storm Fred is approaching the Gulf Coast.

  • Jon Rogers

    RESIDENTS URGED NOT TO UNDERESTIMATE POWER OF STORM

    Locals in Florida and Alabama have been urged not to underestimate the power of Tropical Storm Fred and heed warnings.

    Damaging winds, isolated tornadoes, storm surge and minor coastal flooding are all likely as a result of Fred, but forecasters are most concerned by the threat of excessive rainfall and localized flooding that could unfold over Florida, as well as the southeastern United States mainland, experts at Accuweather say.

    "Wind shear, persistent winds in the middle and upper levels of the atmosphere, are expected to be out of the southwest through the rest of the weekend, relocating much of Fred's rainfall and thunderstorms east of its center," said AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Adam Douty.

    Heavy downpours could bring as much as 2-4 inches (50-100 mm) of rainfall to the western shores of the Florida Peninsula.

    While some stronger thunderstorms could produce some gusty winds in this area as well, the strongest winds from Fred through Sunday night will remain offshore.

  • Jon Rogers

    TROPICAL STORM FRED DUE TO ARRIVE MONDAY

    Fred was forecast to move across the Gulf before reaching the coast Monday night or Tuesday morning, forecasters said.

    They said people from Alabama to the central Florida Panhandle should monitor the system’s progress.

    A tropical storm warning is now in effect for the coast of the Florida Panhandle from Navarre to the Wakulla/Jefferson County line, meaning tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area in the next 24 hours.

    A tropical storm watch is in effect for the coast of the Florida Panhandle from the Alabama/Florida border to Navarre.

  • Jon Rogers

    HEAVY RAIN AND FLOOD THREAT

    Tropical Storms Fred and Grace pose a threat for heavy rain and flooding.

    Rainfall totals around 3 to 6 inches (7.5 to 15 centimeters) were forecast from Grace for the Leeward Islands, Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, through Tuesday.

    Fred was forecast to bring 4 to 8 inches (10 to 20 centimeters) to the Big Bend of Florida and the Panhandle from Sunday night into Tuesday.

  • Jon Rogers

    WHAT IS A TROPICAL STORM?

    A tropical storm, also referred to as a tropical cyclone, is a rapidly rotating storm system.

    A tropical storm can be characterized by:

    • A low-pressure center
    • A closed low-level atmospheric circulation
    • Strong winds
    • A Spiral arrangement of thunderstorms that lead to heavy rain and/or squalls

    The sustained surface wind speed of a tropical storm ranges from 39 mph to 73 mph.

    TROPICAL STORM FRED IN 'REORGANIZING MODE'

    IS THERE ANOTHER TROPICAL STORM BEHIND FRED?

    The National Hurricane Center reported that there are "high odds" that a tropical wave behind Fred will turn into a tropical storm.

    As of August 13, the tropical wave is 850 miles east of the Lesser Antilles and has an 80% chance of either becoming a tropical depression or storm within the next two to five days.

    While not much information is available on the tropical wave, it is moving through the Atlantic at 20 mph and is reported to have a similar path as Fred.

    The wave is expected to reach the Leeward Islands Saturday night, the Virgin Islands on Sunday and Puerto Rico Sunday night.

    • Jon Rogers

      HOW FAST IS TROPICAL STORM FRED TRAVELLING?

      A Sunday morning advisory from the National Hurricane Center said Fred has seen maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour and is moving northwest slowly at 12 miles per hour.

      Fred will continue North for the next 48 hours, and should make landfall Monday afternoon or evening in Western Florida.

      The Florida Keys and southern Florida should brace for three to five inches of rain, and Florida’s Big Bend and Panhandle should expected somewhere between four and eight inches with isolated spots possibly seeing more a foot of rain.

    • Jon Rogers

      STORM SURGE WARNING IN PLACE

    • Jon Rogers

      DeSANTIS ISSUES STATE OF EMERGENCY

      Florida's Governor Ron DeSantis has issued a state of emergency for 23 of Florida's 67 counties.

      Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey said authorities in her state were also monitoring the storm and encouraged residents to be "weather aware."

      "Fred’s current projected path includes Alabama," she said. "We are keeping a close eye on this storm as the forecast develops and will be ready to act from the state level if needed."

    • Jon Rogers

      'LIFE THREATENING SITUATION' WARNS HURRICANE EXPERT

      Jack Beven, a senior hurricane specialist, has warned Tropical Storm Fred poses a "life threatening situation".

      "This is a life-threatening situation," Beven said. "Take all necessary actions to protect life and property from rising water and the potential for other dangerous conditions."

      He urged local residents to promptly follow evacuation and other instructions from local authorities.

    • Jon Rogers

      WHERE IS TROPICAL STORM GRACE NOW?

      Tropical Storm Grace was 85 miles (135 kilometers) south of San Juan, Puerto Rico on Sunday morning. Forecasters said heavy rainfall from the system would fall over parts of the Lesser and Greater Antilles over the next few days.

      Tropical storm warnings were issued for the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and part of the Dominican Republic, meaning they will likely be hit by Grace. A tropical storm watch was issued for the Haiti.

      Grace had maximum sustained winds around 40 mph (65 kph). The storm was moving west-northwest at 16 mph (26 kph).

    • Jon Rogers

      WHERE ARE THE TROPICAL STORM WARNINGS IN PLACE?

      A tropical storm warning is now in effect for the coast of the Florida Panhandle from Navarre to the Wakulla/Jefferson County line, meaning tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area in the next 24 hours.

      A tropical storm watch is in effect for the coast of the Florida Panhandle from the Alabama/Florida border to Navarre.

      Anticipating Fred, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency for the state's Panhandle region.

      Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey issued a statement Saturday saying her administration was monitoring the weather and will be ready to act from the state level if needed.

    • Jon Rogers

      TROPICAL STORM FRED EXPECTED TO GAIN STRENGTH

      Tropical Storm Fred is anticipated to steadily strengthen as it makes its way toward Florida.

      The storm had sustained winds of 40 mph and was 335 miles south-southeast of Pensacola, Florida.

      Tropical Storm Fred is forecast to gradually increase in strength as it tracks through the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday and Monday.

      On the forecast track, the center of Fred should move across eastern and northern Gulf of Mexico through Monday, then make landfall in the western Florida Panhandle Monday afternoon or Monday night.

      Vehicles move through a flooded street during the passage of Tropical Storm Fred in Santo Domingo
    • Patrick Knox

      STORM TO BLIGHT QUAKE-HIT HAITI

      The rescue efforts are set to be made more complicated by the arrival of Tropical Storm Grace, which is set to lash Haiti with heavy rainfall on Monday.

      There was also the possibility of flash flooding, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

    • Patrick Knox

      TROPICAL STORM ALERT

    • Patrick Knox

      RAIN DANGER

      Both Grace and Fred, regardless of their storm status, posed a heavy rain and flood threat, forecasters said.

      Rainfall totals around 3 to 6 inches were forecast from Grace for the Leeward Islands, Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, through Tuesday.

      Fred was forecast to bring 4 to 8 inches (10 to 20 centimeters) to the Big Bend of Florida and the Panhandle from Sunday night into Tuesday.

      A tropical storm earlier in the week, Fred had weakened to a depression by its spin over Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

      Here it knocked out power to some 400,000 customers and caused flooding that forced officials to shut part of the country's aqueduct system.

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