MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) – Tropical Depression Fred is expected to be over the southeastern Bahamas this morning.
Fred is expected to strengthen back into a tropical storm today before moving over the Florida Keys Saturday morning. As Fred moves through the Gulf of Mexico this weekend, it will likely strengthen a little more but is expected to remain a tropical storm before making landfall late Sunday night into early Monday morning.
As Fred pushes further inland Monday and Tuesday, expect it to weaken to a remnant low and track far enough to the west that we’ll have very little impacts to the Carolinas.
Beginning Friday and into next week, South Florida could see three to five inches of rain with some areas seeing isolated amounts of eight inches. Forecasters warn the heavy rain could lead to areal, urban, and small stream flooding, along with possible rapid river rises.
A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for the southwest coast of Florida from Bonita Beach south and east to Ocean Reef including Florida Bay.
Fred is forecast to dump three to five inches of rain on the Dominican Republic Thursday with some areas seeing isolated amounts of eight inches. The rain could lead to dangerous flooding and mudslides. Haiti, the Turks and Caicos, eastern Bahamas, and eastern Cuba could see one to three inches of rain with some areas seeing isolated amounts of five inches. The western Bahamas could see three to five inches of rain with isolated maximum totals of eight inches.