National Weather Service

A great rule to remember about Hurricane season is that the forecast and tracking can change. So, it is always best to keep track of new developments.

Another item to keep in mind when looking at tracking maps is to look at the wider range of the path. Even though you might not be in the direct point of impact, depending on the size of the system and where you are located will determine what you experience.

Current Information on Friday 4 pm (CST)

LOCATION…22.3N 79.6W
ABOUT 15 MI…25 KM SSW OF CAIBARIEN CUBA
ABOUT 210 MI…340 KM SE OF KEY WEST FLORIDA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…35 MPH…55 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT…W OR 280 DEGREES AT 12 MPH…19 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…1013 MB…29.92 INCHES

 

What you need to know about Fred from the National Weather Service in Birmingham:

Central Alabama remains within the cone of uncertainty

There may be some opportunity for strengthening.

While significant impacts for Central Alabama are not expected at this time, there is still time and opportunity for changes to the forecast.

Highlights from the National Weather Service in Birmingham: 

Tornado:

  • What: A risk for a tornado or two may materialize
  • Where: Mainly east of Interstate 65
  • When: Monday into Tuesday

Wind:

  • What: Breezy winds with gusts up to 30-35 mph
  • Where: Mainly near / east of Interstate 65 and south of Interstate 20
  • When: Monday into Tuesday

Flooding:

  • What: Increased rain activity, but widespread flooding is not anticipated at this time
  • Where: Much of Central Alabama
  • When: Monday into Tuesday

James Spann, ABC 33/40, and Townsquare Media Tuscaloosa Chief Meteorologist said that with a “tropical depression Fred forecast is a little slower, and the track adjusted to the west. Fred is forecasted to be a 60 mph tropical storm at the time of landfall near Fort Walton Beach, highest winds and the most rain will be along and to the east of the track."

Things to Remember About Fred

At this moment, Fred is not projected to develop into a hurricane. It's still a disorganized tropical depression.

The Central Gulf Coast could have the potential for rip current danger.

Pending track adjustments, rain is forecasted for the eastern half of Alabama on Monday and Tuesday

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More Development in the Tropics

We are also monitoring potential tropical cyclone seven which should become Tropical Storm Grace soon.

(Source) Click here for more from the National Weather Service Birmingham. Click here for more from James Spann.

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