Most storms move east to west here, but Fred will have the rare opportunity to move northwest, right over the Cape Verde Islands. Hurricane Kilo is now west of Hawaii, but Hurricane Ignacio is approaching the Big Island.
Erika was once a hurricane, but the downgrades continued as she stormed west. By Saturday (8.29), she was just depressed. Tropical storm conditions are expected to first reach the coast within the warning area by early Monday. It should continue northwest and slow down a bit on Tuesday. A hurricane warning remained in effect for the islands. As of Sunday morning, Ignacio was a Category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained wind speeds of 144 miles per hour, according to the Central Pacific Hurricane Center.
Hurricane Fred was located about 35 miles south of Rabil in the Cape Verde Islands as of the 4 a.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center.
Tropical Storm Fred developed in the eastern part of the Atlantic Ocean on Sunday near the Cape Verde Islands.
Earlier this month, Hurricane Danny caused a tropical storm across a handful of popular Caribbean destinations but was downgraded to a tropical depression before it could do much damage. A storm is considered a hurricane when it has sustained winds of 74mph or stronger.
The main impacts across the islands will be damaging winds, flooding rain and rough seas. Since then, two of those storms have weakened to a category 3, but that event is also remarkably rare.
Photos and videos from Sal posted on social media show downed trees, snapped power lines, flooded streets and corrugated roofing peeled back by 85 mile-an-hour winds. Whatever damage the winds produce, the rainfall alone could result in life-threatening flash flooding and mudslides, the National Weather Service warns.