Tropical Storm Fred threatens Alabama Gulf Coast, Florida Panhandle
Fred has become better organized early Sunday morning in the eastern Gulf of Mexico and is now a tropical storm once again. As Fred nears the northern Gulf Coast, rain will increase later tonight and on Monday across the Florida Panhandle then across the interior of the Southeast including Alabama Tuesday as the storm moves inland.
Fred has redeveloped into a tropical storm and is expected to continue strengthening as it heads for the Florida Panhandle. The official track has been shifted a bit to the east. Scroll down to see the latest forecast video, tropical models and National Hurricane Center discussion.
Rain will increase Sunday night and Monday across the Florida Panhandle as Fred nears, then across parts of the Southeast including Alabama Monday night and Tuesday. A tornado or two will be possible late Sunday and into Monday in areas of the panhandle. The main impacts from Fred in central Alabama will come Tuesday in the form of heavy rain and gusty winds.
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Fred Forecast Track
Fred is moving toward the north-northwest near 12 mph, and this motion should continue through tonight. A turn toward the north is expected on Monday.
Fred Forecast Track
The center of Fred should move across the eastern and northern Gulf of Mexico through Monday, then make landfall in the western Florida Panhandle Monday afternoon or Monday night before moving inland over Alabama.
WVTM 13 Forecast Video
Harmony Mendoza shares a Sunday morning update on Fred and its potential impacts in central Alabama.
Maximum sustained winds are near 40 mph with higher gusts. Gradual strengthening is expected until landfall, while Fred is expected to weaken quickly after moving inland.
Tropical Storm Watches/Warnings
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the Coast of the Florida Panhandle from Navarre to the Wakulla/Jefferson County line. A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for the Coast of the Florida Panhandle from Indian Pass to Steinhatchee River. A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for the Coast of the Florida Panhandle from the Alabama/Florida border to Navarre.
Tropical Rainfall Totals
The Florida Big Bend and Panhandle could see 4 to 8 inches of rain with Fred, with isolated maximum storm totals of 12 inches. In portions of southern Alabama, 3 to 6 inches of rain with isolated max storm totals of 9 inches are expected due to the combination of Fred and a preceding frontal boundary. Areal, urban, small stream and river flooding impacts are possible in the aforementioned areas.
Tropical Storm Grace
Grace will move over Hispaniola on Monday, near or over eastern Cuba on Tuesday, and near or over west-central Cuba on Wednesday.