SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Islands in the northern Caribbean were on Tuesday prepared for the storm that could be Fred.
The National Hurricane Center issued a tropical storm warning for the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, where forecasters expect a potential cyclone to strengthen into the sixth named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season on Tuesday.
“The most important thing today is preparation,” said Puerto Rican government Pedro Pierlusi. “I’m not going to downplay the potential impact of this event… we expect a lot of rain.”
He said government agencies would be closed by noon on Tuesday.
The Dominican Republic, Haiti and the southern Bahamas could be affected on Wednesday, and people in Florida were urged to monitor updates, but forecasters said it remained uncertain where the storm could head later in the week.
Parts of the eastern Caribbean, including the islands of Guadeloupe and Dominica, received heavy rain overnight.
More than a month has passed since the last Atlantic hurricane, Hurricane Elsa, but this time of summer is usually the busiest time of the season.
The Hurricane Center issued warnings for Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands and the Dominican Republic along the south coast from Punta Palenque to the east and Cabo Frances Viejo to the east. In the Dominican Republic a clock was in effect for the northern coast of Sabah, Saint Eustatius and Hispaniola, from Cabo Frances to Gonaives, Haiti.
The Turks and Caicos Islands and the southeastern Bahamas were also under a tropical storm watch, including Acklins, Crooked Island, Long Cay, Inaguas, Mayaguana and the Ragged Islands.
The disturbance, called Potential Tropical Cyclone Six, had maximum sustained winds of 35 mph and was 220 miles east-southeast of Ponce, Puerto Rico, according to officials. A tropical storm has maximum sustained winds of at least 39 mph.
The storm was expected to bring 2 to 4 inches of rainfall in the Leeward Islands, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, up to 6 inches in some areas, and could cause flooding and mudslides.
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times