TRACK, MODELS, UPDATES: Fred weakens, expected to become tropical storm again

Fred expected to bring some rain to Florida this weekend

ORLANDO, Fla. – The remnants of Fred continues to produce heavy rainfall across portions of Central Cuba Saturday, ahead of its projected path toward Florida and Alabama late this weekend.

As of 11 p.m. Saturday, Fred’s center was about 125 miles west-northwest of Havana, Cuba, heading west-northwest at 9 mph, with sustained winds of 35 mph. Impacts to Central Florida are expected to be extremely, but a few strong storms will be possible for the weekend as a result.

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11 p.m. advisory on Aug. 14, 2021. (WKMG)

A motion toward the northwest is expected to begin later Saturday night and continue through Sunday night, with a turn toward the north expected Monday, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Forecasters said Fred is expected to re-develop into a tropical depression or tropical storm Sunday, with gradual strengthening expected while it moves over the Gulf of Mexico.

Once a tropical storm, Fred weakened back to a depression as it moved over Haiti and the Dominican Republic, where it knocked out power to some 400,000 customers and caused flooding that forced officials to shut down part of the country’s aqueduct system, interrupting water service for hundreds of thousands of people. Local officials reported hundreds of people were evacuated and some buildings were damaged.

Tropical Storm Grace also formed in the Atlantic Saturday morning.

About the Author:

Jonathan Kegges joined the News 6 team in June 2019 as the Weekend Morning Meteorologist. Jonathan comes from Roanoke, Virginia where he covered three EF-3 tornadoes and deadly flooding brought on by Hurricanes Florence and Michael.