CARIBBEAN 360 – Tropical Storm Fred has formed in the far eastern Atlantic Ocean this morning and is expected to strengthen the next few days, nearing hurricane status before it moves through the Cape Verde Islands early this week.
It’s too early to say if Fred will affect the Caribbean, but most forecast models at this time keep the system well north of the Lesser Antilles.
At 11 a.m., the National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said that Fred was located about 260 miles east-southeast of Praia in the Cape Verde Islands and was carrying maximum sustained winds of 50 miles per hour. It is forecast to move west-northwest on a path that will take it through the Cape Verde Islands tomorrow into Tuesday.
A hurricane warning has therefore been issued for those islands.
After passing through the Cape Verde Islands, Fred will turn westward over the open Atlantic Ocean. It could weaken late in the week.
Meantime, the remnants of Erika brought squally weather to some locations in South Florida last night with torrential downpours and gusty winds, and along with an upper-level trough will continue to affect the state with locally heavy rain.
The NHC says there is a low probability of it becoming a tropical depression or storm again.