According to meteorological reports, Tropical Storm Fred has been hovering over the south of Puerto Rico. This has also been confirmed by the National Hurricane Center, as the storm keeps heading towards the island nations of Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Forecasters have already warned that the storm will bring with it heavy rains which could definitely lead to mudslides and dangerous flooding.
This comes as quite a shock after a month of no storms in this region. Fred has now become the sixth of the hurricane season on the Atlantic- which took place today.
Forecasters Warn About Tropical Storm Fred
Pedro Pierluisi, the Governor of Puerto Rico, has no qualms about Tropical Storm Fred- he stated that the most important thing on the agenda was preparation. The local government was not at all prepared to minimize the potential impact of this event- as it could potentially be catastrophic. While Florida could also be on the path of the storm, several forecasters believe it is still quite early to predict the exact track the storm would take.
There has been data provided by surface observations as well as through aircraft that Tropical Storm Fred managed to gather a lot of strength on Tuesday- with the sustained winds reaching a speed of 40 mph with several high gusts. It is being expected that the Tropical Storm will be gaining some more strength before it hits the Dominican Republic on Wednesday.
Interestingly, Tropical Storm Fred is the first storm to be named after Hurricane Elsa took place almost a month ago. Forecasters have spoken about the storm gaining strength gradually- with the disturbance fully turning into a tropical storm.