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Tropical Storm Fred forms off African coast

On Sunday morning, Fred had max winds of 40 mph and was moving west of the African coast. On Sunday morning, Fred had max winds of 40 mph and was moving west of the African coast.
Tropical Storm Fred is forecast to move westward this week over the open Atlantic waters. Tropical Storm Fred is forecast to move westward this week over the open Atlantic waters.
SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) -

Tropical Storm Fred formed in the Atlantic, just off the African coast on Sunday morning. Fred was located just southeast of the Cape Verde islands, or about 4,000 miles away from the Gulf of Mexico.

Fred had max winds of 40 miles per hour, making it a weak tropical storm. The official National Hurricane Center forecast keeps Fred as a tropical storm over the next week as it moves west into the central Atlantic.

"Once it passes the Cape Verde Islands, Tropical Storm Fred would be over a week away from impacting any land areas," said WLOX Meteorologist Wesley Williams. "It will move westward over the open waters of the Atlantic for the next five or more days. It is far too early to call Fred a threat to the Gulf. But we will continue to track it this week."

According to the NHC, Fred is expected to strengthen steadily over the next 48 hours and could be near hurricane strength when it moves through the Cape Verde Islands early this week.

A Hurricane Watch and a Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the Cape Verde Islands. There, Fred expected to bring tropical-storm-force winds and 3 to 5 inches of rain which could cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides.

Hurricane season in the Atlantic peaks between August and September. Hurricane season ends on November 30th.

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