HAVANA (AP) – Tropical Storm Grace formed in the Atlantic Ocean on Saturday morning, while Fred remained a tropical depression that led to the eastern Gulf of Mexico.
Grace was 420 miles (675 kilometers) east of the Leeward Islands, the US National Hurricane Center said. It was expected to reach the Lesser Antilles by Saturday evening.
A tropical storm warning has been issued for the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. A tropical storm watch was in place for the British Virgin Islands.
Grace had maximum sustained winds of 40 mph (65 km / h).
Meanwhile, Fred remained a tropical depression with peak winds of 55 km / h. Forecasters said the system appeared to be “disorganized”.
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HAVANA (AP) – Two tropical depressions in the Atlantic Basin could potentially intensify into tropical storms on Saturday, which forecasters will bring heavy rainfall and flooding to parts of the Caribbean and Florida.
The Tropical Depression Fred, previously classified as a tropical storm, could regain its strength if it slides towards the Florida Keys, the US National Hurricane Center said. It was centered 205 kilometers southeast of Key West early Saturday.
Another tropical depression 480 miles (770 kilometers) east of the Leeward Islands would become a tropical storm named Grace. Tropical Depression Seven was moving west at 33 km / h.
Both systems had maximum sustained winds around 35 mph (55 km / h).
Fred had been dropping heavy rains over parts of Cuba since at least Thursday. Forecasters expected it to happen near or west of the Florida Keys on Saturday afternoon and then sweep across the eastern Gulf of Mexico. The hurricane center described Fred as “disorganized” and said it was traveling west at 12 mph. A tropical storm warning was issued for the Florida Keys west of the Seven Mile Bridge to the Dry Tortugas.
Fred was once a tropical storm and turned into a depression as it spun over Haiti and the Dominican Republic, where it cut power to around 400,000 customers and caused flooding that forced officials to shut down part of the country’s aqueduct system, which is the water supply interrupted for hundreds by thousands of people. Local officials reported that hundreds of people were evacuated and some buildings were damaged.
Fred should bring 3 to 5 inches (7.5 to 12.5 centimeters) of rain to the Keys and South Florida by Monday.
There are no planned evacuations for tourists or residents in Monroe County, Keys officials said Friday. The county’s emergency management officials advise people at campsites, RVs, caravans, RVs, and RVs to seek shelter in a safe structure during the weather event.
The Tropical Depression has been projected to bring 7 to 6 inches (7.5 to 15 centimeters) of rain to the Leeward Islands, Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico seven through Monday. A tropical storm warning was issued for several islands, including Antigua and Barbuda, Anguilla, St. Martin and St. Barthelemy.
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