- Fred has weakened to a tropical depression.
- Flooding and isolated tornadoes could impact parts of the Southeast.
- Landslides might occur in the Appalachians.
Fred has weakened to a tropical depression, but its threats of flooding rain and isolated tornadoes will continue to spread inland through the Southeast, Appalachians and mid-Atlantic. The drenching downpours from this system could also trigger landslides in the Appalachians.
Bands of heavy rain packing gusty winds are spreading from Georgia into the Southern Appalachians right now.
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The National Weather Service has issued flood watches for Fred’s heavy rain threat, from northern and western Georgia to upstate South Carolina, western North Carolina, eastern Tennessee, southwest Virginia, eastern Kentucky and far southern West Virginia.
Rainfall in these areas could trigger some flash flooding as well as small stream or river flooding. Landslides are possible in the Southern Appalachians.
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Fred should wind down to a post-tropical remnant by Tuesday evening. However, its leftover moisture and energy could still produce pockets of locally heavy rain as far north as the Central Appalachians and mid-Atlantic into Wednesday.
NOAA’s Weather Prediction Center (WPC) is predicting the following storm totals rainfall amounts through Wednesday.
-4 to 8 inches (locally up to 10 inches) from portions of Georgia into the Southern Appalachians.
-2 to 4 inches (locally up to 6 inches) in parts of the Central Appalachians and mid-Atlantic.
Isolated tornadoes could also spin up today in areas located to the east of where Fred’s circulation center tracks. This threat is most likely to extend from northern Georgia to the western Carolinas and southwestern Virginia.
Fred made landfall near Cape San Blas, Florida, at 2:15 p.m. CDT Monday with maximum sustained winds of 65 mph.
Winds gusted 50 to 65 mph along parts of the Florida Panhandle coast Monday. A gust to 68 mph was observed Monday afternoon at the Apalachicola Airport and gusts of 73 mph were reported near the Gulf Coast at Eastport and High Bluff.
There were several reports of trees downed in southeastern Alabama Monday evening, with wind gusts over 40 mph.
More than 7 inches of rain was measured in Panama City, Florida, and Recota Beach, Florida, as of Monday evening. An apartment complex in Lynn Haven, Florida, flooded and displaced several first flood residents. Widespread flooding was reported in the Southport, Florida, area Monday evening, where just over 9 inches of rain fell.
Several tornadoes were reported in parts of Georgia and the Carolinas on Tuesday. A radar confirmed tornado damaged homes in Americus, Georgia, early Tuesday.
Flooded roads also slowed the commute Tuesday morning in parts of the Atlanta metro area.
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