TD Fred shifting to west, to make landfall late Monday as a TS

Published 1:10 pm Saturday, August 14, 2021

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Escambia County EMA officials announced today the forecast for tropical depression Fred has shifted to the west, and is now slated to make landfall near Pensacola, Fla. late Monday as a tropical storm.

According to the National Weather Service, TD Fred remains disorganized and continues to move further west across Cuba.

This has resulted in an additional westward shift in the forecast track this evening with landfall near Pensacola Monday evening,” NWS officials said. “We will continue to carefully monitor for any additional shifts in the track. Fred is still expected to regain tropical storm strength in the Gulf prior to landfall. Given the current forecast, tropical stormwatches may be issued later today for coastal areas of the northwest Florida Panhandle. This will be dependent on if confidence in the current forecast increases.”

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Potential threats include a high risk of rip currents and increasing surf beginning Sunday and persisting through the middle of next week; increasing wave heights over marine waters beginning on Sunday; and increasing heavy rain chances Monday and Tuesday.