The Caribbean region is now faced with another tropical storm, this one named ‘Fred’.

The system was declared by the National Hurricane Centre in Miami late Tuesday.

Tropical storm conditions are expected in portions of the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico tonight and are expected to begin in the Dominican Republic Wednesday morning.

Tropical storm conditions are possible in northern Haiti and the southeastern Bahamas by late Wednesday.

The National Hurricane Centre said heavy rainfall could lead to flash, urban and small stream flooding, along with possible rapid river rises and the potential for mudslides across the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic.

The greatest threat for flooding impacts will be across eastern and southern Puerto Rico.

There is a risk of wind and rainfall impacts elsewhere in portions of Hispaniola, the Bahamas, and Cuba during the next several days, although the forecast is more uncertain in Hispaniola on Wednesday. Interests in these areas should monitor Fred’s progress and updates to the forecast.

There is a risk of wind and rainfall impacts in Florida beginning Friday in the Keys and spreading northward through portions of the Peninsula and the Panhandle this weekend.

However, it is too soon to determine the exact timing, location, and magnitude of any potential impacts.

The National Hurricane Centre said interests throughout Florida should monitor Fred’s progress and check updates to the forecast.

Meanwhile, a tropical wave located a few hundred miles southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands continues to produce a concentrated area of showers and thunderstorms just west of its axis.

The National Hurricane Centre said some gradual development is possible over the next several days while the system moves westward across the tropical Atlantic at 15 to 20 mph.

  • Formation chance through 48 hours…low…20 per cent.
  • Formation chance through 5 days…low…30 per cent.