Fred redevelops as a Tropical Storm in the Gulf of Mexico

ORLANDO, Fla. —

5:00 p.m. Update:

Tropical Storm Fred has strengthened a little bit, but that doesn’t matter to us in Central Florida, as it will stay well to our west.

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TS Fred is forecast to make landfall over the west Florida Panhandle Monday afternoon or evening.

Tropical storm warnings and storm surge warnings are in effect for that area.

Grace has been downgraded to a tropical depression, but still may cause heavy rain, flooding, mudslides for Haiti.

Land interaction will likely keep Grace disorganized for now, we’ll watch to see if it can re-organize over the Gulf later this week, but it will stay well to our south.

There is a third disturbance near Bermuda. This may develop, but will likely linger out to sea.

9:00 a.m. Update:

According to the National Hurricane Center, Fred has redeveloped into a Tropical Storm over the Southeastern Gulf of Mexico.

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Tropical Storm Warnings will be issued foe parts of the northern Gulf Coast.

Locally, TS Fred will stay away from Central Florida, with minimal rain expected Sunday.

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The remnants of Tropical Depression Fred are expected to reorganize into a tropical storm later on Sunday, but will remain well west of Central Florida.

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Fred will approach the Florida Panhandle late Monday evening.

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Invest 96L has about a 30% chance of developing in the next few days. Despite any development, it’s expected to stay in the Atlantic near Bermuda for the next few days.

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Then we have Tropical Storm Grace. Grace is still a very disorganized storm, but will be approaching Puerto Rico Sunday and the Dominican Republic and Haiti on Monday.

There’s still a lot of uncertainty with this storm and the possible impacts on Central Florida. We remain in watch-and-wait mode.

Chief meteorologist Tom Terry

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