Tropical Storm Fred Forms Off Africa Coast, Hurricane Warning Issued For Cape Verde Islands
By Space Coast Daily // August 30, 2015
NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER – Tropical Storm Fred, which has formed off Africa, is strengthening with maximum sustained near 50 mph.
Additional strengthening during the next day or so is expected, and it’s forecast to become a hurricane before reaching the Cape Verde Islands on Monday.
Fred is moving toward the northwest near 12 mph and this general motion is expected to continue through Tuesday. On the forecast track, the center of Fred is expected to move through the Cape Verde Islands on Monday through early Tuesday.
The Meteorological Service of the Cape Verde Islands has issued a Hurricane Warning for the Cape Verde Islands. Tropical storm conditions are expected to first reach the coast within the warning area by early Monday. Hurricane conditions are expected within a portion of the warning area by Monday afternoon.
A storm surge is expected to produce coastal flooding in areas of onshore winds in the Cape Verde Islands. Near the coast, the surge will be accompanied by large and dangerous waves.
Fred is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 3 to 5 inches over the Cape Verde Islands, with possible isolated maximum amounts of 8 inches, on Monday. These rains could produce life-threatening flash flooding and mudslides.
Get the latest on this tropical cyclone by visiting the NHC website at Hurricanes.gov