Tropical Storm Fred makes landfall in the Florida Panhandle
- The landfall was made near Cape San Blas in Florida
- Storm Fred's center was about 25 miles from Florida's Apalachicola
- Winds were flowing at the speed of 65 miles per hour
Tropical storm Fred made landfall in Florida Pandhandle on Monday afternoon near the Cape San Blas, according to reports from the United States National Hurricane Center.
The center of the tropical storm was recorded about 25 miles westwards from Florida's Apalachicola while the system was moving 9 mph to the north-northeast, according to reports from CNN.
Winds in the Florida Panhandle were flowing at the speed of 65 miles per hour.
Reports from the United States National Hurricane Center suggest that the tropical storm Fred is likely to weaken after making landfall, however, potential impacts of it could include river flooding and tornadoes along the coast of the United States.
Earlier on Sunday, Fred regained its tropical storm status in the Gulf of Mexico as parts of the Caribbean were gearing up for impacts from Tropical Storm Grace, according to reports from the Associated Press citing statements from the National Hurricane Center.
A tropical storm watch was issued from the Alabama/Florida border to Ochlockonee, Florida. Fred's maximum sustained winds stood at 40 mph (65 kph) Sunday morning.
Anticipating Fred, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who is a member of the Republican party, declared a state of emergency for the state's Panhandle region. On the other hand, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey issued a statement Saturday saying her administration was monitoring the weather and “will be ready to act from the state level if needed", according to reports from new agency Associated Press.
Further details are awaited on the landfall.