Alert #18 on Tropical Depression Fred



Alert #18 on Tropical Depression Fred issued by The Bahamas Department Of Meteorology, Wednesday 11th august 2021, at 9pm edt.


Fred weakens to a Tropical Depression over central Hispaniola. Heavy rains continue over Haiti and the Dominican Republic.


A Tropical Storm Watch remains in effect for the islands of the Southeast Bahamas. This includes the islands of Inagua, Mayaguana, Acklins, Crooked Island, Samana Cay, Long Cay and Ragged Island, and The Turks and Caicos Islands.


A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions could be experienced in the mentioned islands within 48 hours.


At 8 PM EDT, the center of Tropical Depression Fred was located near latitude 19.2 degrees North and longitude 71.6 degrees West, or about 55 miles Southeast of Cap Haitien, Haiti, or 170 miles Southeast of Matthew Town Inagua, or 160 miles South-Southwest of Grand Turk, and 550 miles Southeast of New Providence.


Fred is moving toward the West-Northwest near 15 MPH, and a general West-North-Westward motion with a decrease in forward speed is expected for the next several days. On the forecast track, the center of Fred is expected to be over Hispaniola overnight, move near the Southeast Bahamas and The Turks and Caicos Islands on Thursday, and move near or North of the Northern coast of central Cuba Thursday night and Friday.


Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 35 MPH with higher gusts. Little, if any change in strength is expected overnight. Slow re-intensification is expected to begin by Thursday night.


Residents in the Southeast Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands should have completed all preparations and residents in low-lying areas should also prepare for heavy rainfall of 1 to 3 inches with isolated amounts of 5 inches.


Issued by: Basil Dean/C. Watson-Rahming