Increasing rain chances Friday as Tropical Storm Fred approaches

Posted at 6:15 AM, Aug 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-11 23:36:17-04

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — A few showers along the coast tonight, but most are dry.

Thursday, similar weather pattern with morning coastal rainfall and afternoon inland storms. Highs in the low 90s.

Friday, increasing clouds and rain chances as Tropical Storm Fred approaches. Scattered storms are possible with breezy winds. Highs in the upper 80s.

For the weekend, numerous showers and storms are possible as Fred moves across the keys and into the Gulf. Gusty winds and heavy rainfall with the potential for tornadoes possible with the storms that develop. Highs in the mid-upper 80s.

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Tropical Storm Fred is currently moving over Hispanola and will push into the Strait of Florida tomorrow morning. The tall mountains of Hispanola will weaken Fred to a Tropical Depression. The latest NHC track has Fred redeveloping into a Tropical Storm once again as it brushes by Cuba on Friday, then moving towards Florida over the weekend. It will be battling wind shear, so strengthening will be limited.

Impacts will most likely start late Friday - weekend. The storm could bring us gusty winds, heavy rainfall and some tornadoes. Right now, there's a low chance of seeing tropical storm-force winds.

The NHC is also highlighting a wave moving across the Atlantic for possible tropical development. It has a 50% chance of development.

Early next week, scattered storms are possible as moisture associated with Fred continues to linger across the area.