Heavy rainfall in Cuba, Bahamas and Florida Keys produced by Tropical Depression Fred

The National Hurricane Center on early Friday has reported that the eastern part of Cuba island country sees heavy rainfall because of the Tropical Depression Fred.

Cuba: The National Hurricane Center on early Friday has reported that the eastern part of Cuba island country sees heavy rainfall because of the Tropical Depression Fred.

The Hurricane Center has further informed that Fred will see a slow strengthening for the upcoming few days and could anytime take the shape of a Tropical storm.

Tropical Depression Fred is moving with maximum maintained winds of 55 kph. As per the forecasters, “Fred is likely to move along or just north of eastern and central Cuba through Friday night.”

It is likely to be near the Florida Keys & southern Florida on Saturday, and Fred is prophesied to be near the west coast of Florida on Sunday.

Fred is expected to produce 2.5-7.5 centimetres of rain over Cuba and the eastern Bahamas while bringing as many as12.5 centimetres in some locations,” the National Hurricane Center noted.

Tropical storm watches for several areas has been given amid the Tropical Depression Fred, including – the Cuban provinces of Ciego de Avila, Camaguey, Las Tunas, Holguin, and Granma, the Florida Keys west of Ocean Reef to the Dry Tortugas, and the southwest coast of Florida from Bonita Beach south and east to Ocean Reef including Florida Bay.

The National Hurricane Center further stated that in the western region of the Bahamas, Tropical Depression Fred is predicted to dump rainfall of around 7.5-12.5 centimetres, with isolated maximum totals of 20.5 centimetres.

While, for Monday, 7.5-15 centimetres of rain is expected across the Keys, the southern and central Florida Peninsula, and north toward the Big Bend of Florida, with isolated maximum totals of 20 centimetres.

As per NHC, this rainfall can lead to small-stream flooding and potentially lead to isolated moderate river flooding.