Tropical Storm Fred breaks the Atlantic lull

Fred is moving along at 17 mph near Puerto Rico.

Projected path and center of cone potentially places Fred over Florida Keys Saturday morning moving north to potentially make landfall sometime late Monday night or early Tuesday morning on Florida’s panhandle.

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Potential impacts on Florida, southeastern US

After it tracks through the Caribbean, the exact behavior of Fred is less certain, but AccuWeather meteorologists believe there will be at least some impact on Florida beginning this weekend or perhaps as early as Friday night and potentially lasting into early next week.

2-4 inches of rain over western Florida, but the storm has potential to strengthen in the Gulf.

Low-end tropical for now.

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Fred could intensify as it moves north in the Gulf and slows.

Current center of cone places landfall around Apalachicola.

As of 8AM EST ..

Location: 18 N 69.1 W
Movement: WNW at 14 mph
Wind: 40mph
Pressure: 1006 mb

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