Fred is likely to have an impact on Florida as a tropical storm
Despite seemingly unstructured satellites, tropical stress could intensify and storm before hitting Florida immediately on Saturday, the National Hurricane Center predicts. All that time, the next nominal program that could affect the US builds in the Atlantic.
Fred’s forecast made tropical storm warnings on Friday off the southwest coast of Florida, including Key West and Naples. A hurricane warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area within 36 hours.
Warnings from the Florida Keys west of the Ocean Reef to Dry Tortugas and throughout Florida Bay. The hurricane clock covers the southwest coast of Florida from Englewood in the south and east to the Ocean Reef.
Fred on Friday afternoon was on the north coast of Cuba with winds of 35 mph.
From there, “the storm should follow north-east and central Cuba until tonight and near or across the Florida Keys on Saturday,” the National Hurricane Center said.
Florida government Ron DeSantis has released State of Emergency Friday in 23 states, including Bay, Calhoun, Citrus, Dixie, Escambia, Franklin, Gadsden, Gilchrist, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Lafayette, Leon, Levy, Liberty, Manatee, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Taylor, Wakulla, Walton and Washington counties.
After passing the keys, the storm should enter the Gulf of Mexico and head for the Florida Bend of Florida. Some types of computers show Fred moving to the Florida Peninsula, while others set it as far west as the Alabama-Florida border.
“Models continue to show some resilience to Fred before falling to the east or to the Big Bend area in Florida,” CNN meteorologist Chad Myers said on Friday. “None of the global models have driven Fred to the force of a hurricane, but most of the time we are watching the rapid consolidation and storms of the Gulf of Mexico.”