- The Florida governor declared a state of emergency for 23 counties ahead of Fred’s arrival.
- Fred is expected to become a tropical storm again upon reaching Florida.
- Experts predict that one or two tornadoes could occur due to Fred’s arrival.
Authorities declared a state of emergency for a third of Florida on Friday night, due to the arrival of tropical depression Fred, which is expected to arrive this Saturday, in addition to a second major storm, the newspaper The Sun reported.
Gov. Ron DeSantis issued the executive order after predicting that Fred will become a tropical storm again upon making landfall in Florida, the newspaper reported after 11 a.m. Friday night.
Storm Fred will become a tropical storm again
Tropical Depression Seven, another system in the Atlantic, is also forecast to become Tropical Storm Grace this Saturday as it approaches the Caribbean, The Sun detailed.
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) predicts that Fred could revert to a tropical storm before hitting Florida on Saturday. Fred moved along the northern coast of Cuba on Friday and is on track to reach the Florida Keys on Saturday and southwest Florida on Sunday, forecasters said.
They decreed a state of emergency due to the arrival of Fred in 23 counties
According to The Sun report, the state of emergency in Florida applies to 23 counties: 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.
A press release quoted by the aforementioned outlet explained: “By declaring a state of emergency, Governor DeSantis ensures that state and local governments have enough time, resources and flexibility to prepare.”
They forecast up to seven inches of rain
According to The Sun, the Miami-based National Hurricane Center said Fred had maximum sustained winds of 35 mph and was dumping heavy rain over parts of Cuba, where the main threats were rain and flooding.
The Hurricane Center said three to seven inches of rain was expected in the Florida Keys and the South Peninsula by Monday, with isolated highs of 10 inches (25 centimeters).
ABC News also reported that Fred is about 90 miles south of Key West, Florida, and is moving northwest at 13 mph with sustained winds traveling at 35 mph with stronger gusts.
Tropical storm conditions are expected in parts of the warning area in the Florida Keys later this Saturday, with a possible tornado or two in central and southern Florida, the ABC News report warned.
Fred is “disorganized”
The Efe news agency also reported that Fred will arrive in Florida this Saturday as a storm again, when the seventh tropical depression of the hurricane season has just formed in the Atlantic.
The system, which appears “disorganized,” is moving west with a travel speed of 12 mph (19 km / h), the National Hurricane Center was quoted as saying by the aforementioned information agency.
Fred left thousands of people in the Caribbean without electricity
Once a tropical storm, Fred weakened back to depression as it turned over Haiti and the Dominican Republic, where it left some 400,000 customers without power, The Sun detailed.
Fred also caused flooding that forced officials to shut down part of the country’s aqueduct system, disrupting water service for hundreds of thousands of people. Local officials reported that hundreds of people were evacuated and some buildings were damaged.
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