Tracking the tropics: System on verge of becoming Tropical Storm Fred

National Hurricane Center keeps tabs on weather system in Atlantic

ORLANDO, Fla. – Here we go again. Potential Tropical Cyclone Six has developed in the Atlantic and it is expected to become Tropical Storm Fred on overnight.

All of Central Florida is now in the track.

A low-pressure system located about 100 miles east-northeast of Barbados is producing disorganized showers and thunderstorms.

Environmental conditions are expected to be conducive for some development, and a tropical depression could form while the low moves west-northwest at about 10-15 mph through the Lesser Antilles.

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The disturbance is forecast to reach portions of the Lesser Antilles overnight, then move near the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on Tuesday before nearing Cuba around the middle of the week.

Tropical storm watches or warnings could be required with shorter-than-normal lead times for portions of the Leeward Islands, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. In addition, heavy rains and flooding are likely for the Leeward Islands, Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. Interests in those areas should monitor the progress of this system.

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The National Hurricane Center said Monday afternoon that the system has a 90% chance of tropical development over the next two days.

It’s too soon to tell how the system could possibly impact Florida.

The next named storm will be called Fred.

Hurricane season runs through the end of November.


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