Tropical Depression Fred: Heavy Rainfall Expected in Florida as Storm Moves Closer to U.S.

Heavy rainfall is expected over the weekend in Florida as Tropical Depression Fred travels over Cuba and moves closer to the U.S.

According to a recent update from the National Hurricane Center, is currently situation over the Northern coast of Cuba and could reach Florida in the coming days.

"From today into Monday, heavy rainfall could lead to areal, urban, small stream and exacerbated river flooding, across souther and central Florida into the Big Bend. From Sunday onward, heavy rain and flood impacts could extend into other portions of the Southeast and into the southern and central Appalachians and Piedmont," the National Hurricane Center said in an update on Friday morning.

The update continued, "Tropical Storm conditions are possible late Saturday and early Sunday across portions of the west coast of Florida in the Tropical Storm Watch area. The risk of tropical storm conditions will spread northward along the Florida west coast and the Florida Panhandle Sunday and Monday."

The National Hurricane Center issued a Tropical Storm Warning for the Florida Keys, which means that tropical storm conditions are expected within the next 36 hours. A Tropical Storm Watch was issued for The Cuban provinces of Ciego de Avila, Camaguey, Las Tunas, Holguin, and Granma.

According to the National Hurricane Center, an estimated one to three inches of rainfall is expected over Cuba while three to seven inches is expected over parts of Florida. While over Cuba, the wind reached speeds of around 35 miles per hour, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The National Weather Service Prediction Center said in a tweet that "Two areas of concern for heavy rain and potential flooding into next week: 1) Forecast impacts from Tropical Storm Fred as well as showers and storms along a frontal system across the Southeast and 2) Continued showers and storms associated with the Southwest Monsoon."

Two areas of concern for heavy rain and potential flooding into next week: 1) Forecast impacts from Tropical Storm Fred as well as showers and storms along a frontal system across the Southeast and 2) Continued showers and storms associated with the Southwest Monsoon. pic.twitter.com/D2jJNSpiRF

— NWS Weather Prediction Center (@NWSWPC) August 13, 2021

The National Weather Service in Miami said that the "primary threat" from Tropical Depression Fred in Florida will be "heavy rainfall and localized flooding."

Aug 13 @ 9:45am - The primary threat with Tropical Depression #Fred for South Florida will be heavy rainfall and localized flooding. A quick check on the radar shows some heavy showers moving into southern Miami-Dade. Stay weather aware! #flwx pic.twitter.com/w36giX8enE

— NWS Miami (@NWSMiami) August 13, 2021

According to the Associated Press, Fred was previously categorized as a Tropical Storm but was lowered to a Tropical Depression after making landfall in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. The AP reported that numerous residents in Haiti and the Dominican Republic were left without power after Fred made landfall.

Tropical Depression Fred recently became the sixth named storm of the 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Climate Prediction Center recently said that the 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season "shows no signs of slowing," after they predicted an above-average season earlier this year.

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A Tropical Storm warning was issued for parts of Florida on Friday as Tropical Depression Fred moves closer to the U.S. Above, a man watches as Tropical Storm Elsa makes landfall on July 7, 2021 in Cedar Key, Florida. Mark Wallheiser/Getty