RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – The low-pressure system southeast of Puerto Rico is expected to strengthen into Tropical Storm Fred Tuesday or early Wednesday as it moves toward Florida, according to the National Hurricane Center.
As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, the system was just over 100 miles southeast of Puerto Rico and has 35 mph maximum sustained winds as it moves to the west-northwest at 17 miles per hour.
A tropical storm warning is in effect for Purto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and parts of the south coast of the Dominican Republic.
Tropical storm watches are in place at several Caribbean islands such as Turks and Caicos and parts of the southeastern Bahamas.
The system is forecast to pass near or over the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico late Tuesday where up to four inches of rain could fall.
As it moves over Hispaniola on Wednesday, the storm could weaken before strengthening again on its path to the U.S.
It is likely to reach the tip of Florida early Saturday morning.