RESIDENTS URGED NOT TO UNDERESTIMATE POWER OF STORM
Locals in Florida and Alabama have been urged not to underestimate the power of Tropical Storm Fred and heed warnings.
Damaging winds, isolated tornadoes, storm surge and minor coastal flooding are all likely as a result of Fred, but forecasters are most concerned by the threat of excessive rainfall and localized flooding that could unfold over Florida, as well as the southeastern United States mainland, experts at Accuweather say.
“Wind shear, persistent winds in the middle and upper levels of the atmosphere, are expected to be out of the southwest through the rest of the weekend, relocating much of Fred’s rainfall and thunderstorms east of its center,” said AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Adam Douty.
Heavy downpours could bring as much as 2-4 inches (50-100 mm) of rainfall to the western shores of the Florida Peninsula.
While some stronger thunderstorms could produce some gusty winds in this area as well, the strongest winds from Fred through Sunday night will remain offshore.