BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Tropical Cyclone Six is strengthening. This storm will likely become Tropical Storm Fred Monday night as it moves towards the Lesser Antilles.
Tropical storm watches have been issued for Puerto Rico. PTC 6 continues to move across the southern Leeward islands for Monday night and along the coast of the Virgin Islands on Tuesday.
By Wednesday, tropical storm forced winds will be likely in the Dominican Republic. Because of the constant interaction with land, this cyclone isn’t expected to see quick strengthening. Also, this storm has influences of the Saharan dust. This dust is forcing dry air into the cyclone which will limit overall strengthening.
The greatest threats in the Caribbean islands will be heavy rain that could lead to flash flooding and could lead to mudslides, that are common in these areas.
By Saturday afternoon, this storm is projected to enter the Gulf of Mexico as a Tropical Storm and turn north towards the Western coast of Florida. We are still too far out to pin point exact landfall and the precise timeline, but this track has proven to be highly accurate with most of the storm this season. That in mind, I would be willing to bet this track stays close to its current projected timeframe an location.
We are monitoring the situation closely and our team will continue to give you the latest updates as we receive them.