Fred weakens to tropical storm and poses no threat to Caribbean

fred tuesFLORIDA, United States, Tuesday September 1, 2015 – Just as quickly as it developed, Fred lost strength and was downgraded to a tropical storm.

And he is no threat to the Caribbean, forecasters say.

Fred strengthened into hurricane in the far eastern Atlantic Ocean just off the coast of Africa early yesterday morning and weakened into a tropical storm by last night.

At 5 a.m., Tropical Storm Fred was located about 195 miles northwest of the Cape Verde Islands and was carrying maximum sustained winds of around 65 miles per hour.

It is forecast to move away from the northwestern Cape Verde Islands today and will continue to weaken this week in the open Atlantic Ocean.

A tropical storm warning is in effect for Sao Vicente, Sao Nicolau, Santo Antao, and Santa Luzia in the Cape Verde Islands, but the National Hurricane Centre said that would likely be discontinued by this afternoon.

Based on the latest computer model guidance and the state of the atmosphere, there is no indication that Fred will come anywhere near the Caribbean.

In fact, Fred is forecast to weaken to a tropical depression and then a remnant low in about four to five days.

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