Tropical Storm Fred was moving into southeastern Alabama after dousing the Florida Panhandle Monday, bringing heavy rainfall and dangerous storm surge. Photo courtesy NOAA

Tropical Storm Fred was moving into southeastern Alabama after dousing the Florida Panhandle Monday, bringing heavy rainfall and dangerous storm surge. Photo courtesy NOAA

Aug. 16 (UPI) — Tropical Storm Fred was moving into Alabama Monday night, after bringing heavy rainfall and dangerous storm surge to the Florida Panhandle.

In its 10 p.m. CDT update, the National Hurricane Center said the storm had maximum sustained winds of 40 mph and was located 10 miles east of Dothan, Ala. It was moving north-northeast at 12 mph.

Fred was produced heavy rainfall and dangerous storm surge along the coast of the western Florida Panhandle and Big Bend area.

The storm brought tropical storm conditions to the Dominican Republic and Haiti and Cuba last week before weakening to a tropical depression after passing over the island of Hispaniola. It regained tropical storm strength Sunday.

The NHC forecast 4-8 inches of rain in southeast Alabama through western and northern Georgia and the western Carolinas as the storm continues to move through the country.

“On the forecast track, the center of Fred will move across western and northern Georgia on Tuesday, across the southern Appalachian Mountains on Tuesday night and into the central Appalachians by early Wednesday,” the NHC said.

A tropical storm warning and storm surge warning for the Florida Panhandle were discontinued.

Further east in the Atlantic Ocean, Tropical Storm Grace formed early Saturday and is also forecast to move toward the Gulf Coast. It is expected to arrive there Wednesday or Thursday. Also in the Atlantic basin is Tropical Depression Eight, which is also forecast to become a tropical storm in the coming days. For the moment, it is expected to remain at sea.

Fred follows five other named storms in the Atlantic basin so far this year — Ana, Bill, Claudette, Danny and Elsa. Of those five, Elsa was the only one to gain hurricane strength.

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