Tropical Storm Fred forms in Caribbean; appears headed for Florida

National Hurricane Center graphic showing Tropical Storm Fred’s possible path.

Tropical Storm Fred, the sixth named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, formed in the Caribbean late Tuesday with sustained winds of 45 mph.

Tropical storm warnings were up for the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico early Wednesday, with the storm targeting the Dominican Republic and Haiti and potentially headed for Florida this weekend. But forecasters cautioned it was too soon to tell exactly what path the storm will take.

The tropics have been quiet this summer leading into the peak hurricane season after a record-breaking season last year. In 2020, there were 14 hurricanes, seven major hurricanes and 11 named storms hitting the U.S. coastline. This time last year, there had been nine named storms.

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