Torrential rain and damaging winds will lash the Cape Verde Islands on Monday, while heavy rain inundates Florida as Tropical Rainstorm Erika skirts the state.
Tropical Storm Fred is located about 150 miles away from the Cape Verde Islands Sunday evening EDT. Fred will likely strengthen into a Category 1 hurricane during the next 24 hours as it nears the islands. Conditions will deteriorate rapidly through Monday. The greatest impacts will occur Monday into early Monday night with heavy rain that can lead to deadly flash flooding and mudslides, and strong winds that can bring down power lines. High surf and strong rip currents will create life-threatening conditions. The worst conditions from Fred should narrowly miss Praia, the capital and largest city of Cape Verde, but those in the city should make preparations as Fred approaches. Heavy rain and locally damaging winds will threaten the city.
A hurricane warning is in effect for the Cape Verde Islands. Drier air and stronger wind shear is located just north of the Cape Verde Islands and eventually, these environmental conditions will have a negative impact on the tropical cyclone, but probably not until Tuesday. Once Fred moves away from the islands, there will be no further impact to land through at least the end of this week.
Meanwhile, Tropical Rainstorm Erika will track into the eastern Gulf Sunday night. The system will be interacting with an upper-level trough of low pressure over the eastern Gulf pushing flooding rain northward across the Florida Peninsula through Monday. Additional heavy rain will spread north into Georgia and South Carolina.
Elsewhere, there are no immediate concerns for tropical development.
By AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Michael LeSeney and Meteorologist Andy Mussoline
940 ABNT20 KNHC 301721 TWOAT TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL 200 PM EDT SUN AUG 30 2015 For the North Atlantic...Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico: The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Tropical Storm Fred, located a couple of hundred miles east-southeast of Praia in the Cape Verde Islands. A trough of low pressure associated with the remnants of Erika is producing areas of heavy rain over portions of south Florida, the Florida Keys, and western Cuba. Although development of this system appears unlikely due to strong upper-level winds, locally heavy rains and gusty winds are expected to spread northward across Florida and the eastern Gulf of Mexico later today and Monday. Additional information on this system can be found in local forecast products issued by the National Weather Service and the meteorological service of Cuba. * Formation chance through 48 hours...low...10 percent * Formation chance through 5 days...low...10 percent && Public Advisories on Tropical Storm Fred are issued under WMO header WTNT31 KNHC and under AWIPS header MIATCPAT1. Forecast/Advisories on Tropical Storm Fred are issued under WMO header WTNT21 KNHC and under AWIPS header MIATCMAT1. $$ Forecaster Cangialosi