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3 tropical systems: Fred moving toward Panhandle, Grace expected to strengthen in Gulf, Henri?

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We are keeping track of three potential storms, two in the Gulf and one in the Atlantic. None of them is projected to affect South Florida.

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Courtesy: National Hurricane Center

Tropical Storm Fred may have spared South Florida over the weekend, but the storm has intensified and is now moving over the Gulf of Mexico towards the Panhandle and is expected to make landfall this evening around Panama City, then it will quickly dissipate by tomorrow evening as it moves inland.

Fred is expected to bring heavy rainfall, possible flooding, and storm surge to the Florida Panhandle through Tuesday.

A Storm Surge Warning is now in effect along the Florida coast east of Steinhatchee River to Yankeetown.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the coast of the Florida Panhandle from Navarre to the Wakulla/Jefferson County line.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for the Coast of the Florida Panhandle from the Alabama/Florida border to Navarre.

Grace is now a tropical depression and will follow Fred’s path moving over Hispaniola throughout the day today. The NHC keeps Grace south of Florida through the work week, then it will begin to move into the Gulf of Mexico where it could strengthen into a tropical storm as it nears the SE Gulf by Friday.

Most models keep Grace farther south, putting all of Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast out of the storm’s long-range cone of uncertainty next week. Any potential impacts in South Florida won’t be felt until mid-week, forecasters said.

“We will likely see some impacts,” WPTV First Alert Meteorologist Kate Wentzel said. “We are expecting a relatively typical summertime pattern of active storms each and every day.”

Tropical Depression Eight, sitting east of Bermuda could become Tropical Storm Henri sometime this evening and is likely to become a fish storm and no threat to Florida.