DeSantis tells Floridians to 'review their disaster plans' as Tropical Storm Fred approaches

The path of Tropical Storm Fred. (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration).Hurricane Fred is expected to bring wind and heavy rain to Florida Friday night or Saturday morning. Gov. Ron DeSantis warns residents not to relax. DeSantis tweeted Wednesday: While it is too early to know the exact effects, Floridians need to review their disaster plans.PTC #6 became Tropical Storm #Fred overnight. This is the sixth named storm this season and could impact Florida this weekend.Although it is too early to know the exact impact, Floridians can review their disaster plans and follow @FLSERT for any updates. Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) August 11, 2021Fred, the sixth named storm of this season, became a tropical hurricane on Tuesday. On Wednesday, it struck the Dominican Republic, bringing heavy rains and the risk of flash flooding. According to the National Hurricane Center (Haiti and Cuba), the Dominican Republic could see up to 8 inches of rainfall and other countries in the path of the storms could receive as much as 5 inches.The storm is expected to move northward on Friday, with the possibility of hitting the west coast of Florida.The National Hurricane Center announced Wednesday, 5 p.m., that heavy rains associated with Fred will affect Florida and parts of Southeast Florida starting Friday through next week. Through Monday, rain amounts of 3 to 5 inches are expected across the Keys, the southern Florida Peninsula and isolated areas of 8 inches. The possibility of heavy rainfall and rapid river rises could result from heavy rain in urban areas, as well as stream flooding.Forecasters predict that Fred will slow down through Wednesday, then pick up speed again Thursday night. On Wednesday night, the maximum sustained winds at Fred were 40 miles an hour.Continue the storyOfficials from safety stress that you should plan ahead for hurricanes and tropical storms by ensuring at least one week's worth of supplies including water, food, and medicines.Update for the 2021 hurricane season. (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration).The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued a midseason update last week for the 2021 hurricane seasons. It stated that there was a 65% chance of an above-normal season where three to five storms could turn into major hurricanes of Category 3 or 4.In a press release, Rick Spinrad, NOAA Administrator, stated that the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season has not slowed down after a record-breaking start. NOAA will provide science and services to help communities prepare for any storm.These are the storm names for this year. (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration).These storms can be destructive, so stay alert to the forecast and follow safety information, including evacuation notifications, issued by emergency officials, National Weather Service Director Louis Uccellini.Forecasters stated that it was too early to determine the exact time, location, and impact Freds arrival on the island. However, they stress the risks of heavy rain and wind for the Keys beginning Friday and the possibility of a larger storm affecting a greater portion of the state as the storm moves up the west coast.____Yahoo News has more information: