Tropical Storm Fred formed late Tuesday night in the Caribbean near Haiti and the Dominican Republic and on the latest forecast track, Fred is expected to move over Hispaniola later today and just north of central Cuba on Friday
The National Hurricane Center said that Fred, the sixth named storm of the 2021 Atlantic season, was carrying maximum sustained winds of 45 mph and was located 25 miles southeast of Santo Domingo. It was moving northwest at 16 mph.
The system was forecasted to weaken to a Tropical Depression as it interacted with Hispaniola today and intensify to a Tropical Storm tomorrow as it moves near eastern Cuba.
"Heavy rainfall could lead to flash, urban and small stream flooding, along with possible rapid river rises." the NHC said in its advisory, adding that a potential for mudslides could develop across the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.
Forecasters projected that northern Haiti and the southwestern Bahamas would have start to experience tropical storm conditions late Wednesday.
The Cayman Islands National Weather Service will continue to monitor the progress of this system.