Tropical Storm Fred will hit Florida in the weekend

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is forecast to bring heavy rain and wind to Florida on Friday night or early Saturday morning. On Wednesday, Gov. Ron DeSantis tweeted, “While it’s too soon to determine exact impacts, Floridians should review their disaster plans.” Fred became a tropical storm on Tuesday and was bringing heavy rainfall and the threat of flash flooding to the Dominican Republic on Wednesday. In the Dominican Republic, some 300,000 customers were without power, and forecasters warned there was a risk dangerous flooding and mudslides after the heavy rain. Tropical storm watches and warnings are in effect for parts of the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Turks and Caicos Islands, Cuba and the southeastern Bahamas. Fred was centered 40 miles west-southwest of Great Inagua Island in the Bahamas and 80 miles northeast of Guantanamo, Cuba, on Thursday morning .

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On Friday the storm is expected to turn northward, with a chance of making landfall along the west coast of southern Florida. Fred could make landfall in the state in multiple locations, forecasters said. Through Monday, 3 to 5 inches of rain is anticipated across the Keys and the southern Florida Peninsula, with isolated maximum totals of 8 inches. Potential flooding and rising rivers due to the heavy rain are possible. “After a record-setting start, the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season does not show any signs of relenting as it enters the peak months ahead,” NOAA Administrator Rick Spinrad said in a press release.