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Fred now a tropical wave, expected to re-develop on Sunday over Gulf of Mexico


Tropical Storm Fred falls apart sparing South Florida.

The National Hurricane Center’s 11 a.m. advisory downgraded Fred from a tropical depression to a disorganized wave with sustained winds of 35 miles per hour. Forecasters also discontinued a tropical storm warning for the Keys with the remnant center sitting about 125 miles southwest of Key West.

As South Florida escapes the rough parts of Fred, we still need to brace ourselves for a heavy dose of rain this weekend and leading into Monday.

The storm’s location — well west of Key West — also lessened the chance of heavy flooding. The hurricane center said the Keys and southern Florida can still expect three to five inches of rain through Monday.

Fred is expected to move over the warm gulf waters, enough to strengthen back into a tropical storm by Sunday with sustained winds of at least 45 miles per hours.