RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Tropical Depression Fred is barely hanging on to tropical status in the Caribbean Thursday night. The system is struggling just north of Cuba after getting ripped apart by the mountains of Hispaniola.
As of 11 p.m. Thursday, Fred had 35 mph maximum sustained winds and was moving west-northwest at 9 mph.
If Fred can stay off the east coast of Cuba it has the potential to strengthen back into a tropical storm. From there it will enter the Florida Straights, then the Gulf of Mexico, strengthening while it does so.
The system brought plenty of rain and flooding to Haiti and the Dominican Republic Wednesday.
Fred is still expected to be near Florida this weekend once again as a tropical storm. It is also still expected to bring some enhanced rain chances to North Carolina early next week.
Fred became the sixth named storm of the season Tuesday and the first named storm in more than a month in the Atlantic.