Tropical Storm Fred: Special tropical update for Florida and the Southeast: a.m. Wednesday 11 August 2021

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This morning, Tropical Storm Fred is located just south of the eastern Dominican Republic. Fred is moving west-northwest at 16 mph with maximum sustained windspeeds of 40 mph.

There are currently no tropical watches or warnings issued for the United States.

The storm will likely cross the island of Hispaniola today, then move parallel along Cuba’s northern coast, before turning more to the north and into the Gulf of Mexico near southern and southwest FL.

Southern FL may start to feel the impacts of Fred on Friday. The wind and rain would spread northward along the FL Peninsula this weekend and reach the Panhandle sometime on Sunday.

If I was RV’ing or planning to RV along the west coast of FL or FL Panhandle, I might not change my plans right now — but I would be prepared for rain, gusty winds, and the possibility my trip would change on short-notice. I would certainly have a “Plan ‘B'” ready to go. If I was looking for typical nice summer weather, I might consider re-scheduling.

Please pay attention to the tropical forecasts, either from the National Hurricane Center, local TV weather forecasters, or reputable, established weather websites.

I will update this special advisory on Thursday 12 August or sooner, if there is significant change.

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