Hurricane Fred blasts Cape Verde Islands, not expected to threaten US

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Hurricane Fred Strengthens; Warning Issued for Cape Verde Islands

Fred became the second hurricane of the 2015 Atlantic season and will blast the Cape Verde Islands through early this week.

An area of low pressure off the coast of Africa became Tropical Storm Fred early Sunday morning.

While the moisture from once-Tropical Storm Erika moves across the southeastern United States,Fred will march across the Cape Verde Islands into Tuesday.

According to AccuWeather Meteorologist Michael Doll, "This system was a rather strong tropical wave as it moved off the coast of Africa on Saturday."

According to AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski, Fred is the farthest east a hurricane has formed on record in the Atlantic Ocean.

"Fred is only the third known hurricane to impact the Cape Verde Islands," Kottlowski said.



The main impacts across the islands will be damaging winds, flooding rain and rough seas.

Several inches of rain will be possible and this could trigger mudslides across the mountainous islands. With Fred expected to track over the islands, wind gusts will have the potential to down trees and power lines, which will result in extended periods without power.

After passing through the the Cape Verde Islands, Fred will track across the open waters of the Atlantic during the middle and latter part of this week.

A combination of wind shear and dry air may prevent this system from further intensification and will gradually cause the system to weaken.

According to AccuWeather Meteorologist Evan Duffey, "Fred will be brought quickly into less favorable conditions for strengthening, with the main factor against the cyclone being dry air."

This storm is not expected to bring any impacts to the United States.

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"Outside of the Cape Verde Islands, which will see torrential showers and thunderstorms along with a few strong wind gusts, the system is not expected to impact any landmasses," Duffey said.

Fred is the only tropical system in the Atlantic basin outside of leftover moisture from Erika. There are currently three hurricanes in the central and eastern Pacific; Kilo, Ignacio and Jimena.

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Hurricane Fred blasts Cape Verde Islands, not expected to threaten US
A trio of fishermen leave the pier at Clearwater beach in a driving rain as a squall from the remains of tropical storm Erika moves into the area Monday, Aug. 31, 2015, in Clearwater, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
A beach goer leaves the pier on Clearwater beach as a squall from the remains of tropical storm Erika approaches Monday, Aug. 31, 2015, in Clearwater, Fla. The remnants of the storm is predicted to drop between 3-5 inches on the sunshine state. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
A worker goes out to bring in beach chairs in a heavy rain storm associated with a squall from the remains of tropical storm Erika, Monday, Aug. 31, 2015, in Clearwater, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
Residents work to salvage personal items from the site of a mudslide in rain-soaked Montrouis, Haiti, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015. Erika dissipated early Saturday, but it left devastation in its path on the small eastern Caribbean island of Dominica, authorities said. In Haiti, one person died in the mudslide just north of Port-au-Prince. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)
Commuters on their way to the capital are taxied to a bus, after they were temporarily stranded in Montrouis, Haiti, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, the site of a mudslide triggered by Tropical Storm Erika. The deadly storm dissipated early Saturday, but it left devastation in its path on the small eastern Caribbean island of Dominica, and parts of Haiti, authorities said. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)
Shoes are collected in a standing fan grill, salvaged from a home damaged by a mudslide triggered by Tropical Storm Erika, in Montrouis, Haiti, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015. Erika dissipated early Saturday, but it left devastation in its path on the small eastern Caribbean island of Dominica, and parts of Haiti, authorities said. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)
Seven-year-old Redefine Aristile leaps over a puddle where a mudslide partially submerged several homes, in rain-soaked Montrouis, Haiti, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015. Tropical Storm Erika dissipated early Saturday, but it left devastation in its path on the small eastern Caribbean island of Dominica, and parts of Haiti authorities said. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)
Residents salvage a mattress from a home partially submerged in mud from a mudslide triggered by Tropical Storm Erika, in Montrouis, Haiti, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015. Erika dissipated early Saturday, but it left devastation in its path on the small eastern Caribbean island of Dominica, and parts of Haiti authorities said. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)
A man is given a helping hand as residents evacuate from the site of a mudslide, in rain-soaked Montrouis, Haiti, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015. Erika dissipated early Saturday, but it left devastation in its path on the small eastern Caribbean island of Dominica, and parts of Haiti. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)
Residents salvage personal items after a mudslide triggered by Tropical Storm Erika left it partially submerged, in Montrouis, Haiti, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015. Erika dissipated early Saturday, but it left devastation in its path on the small eastern Caribbean island of Dominica, and parts of Haiti, authorities said. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)
A man walks on the shore against strong winds backdropped by a rough sea as Tropical Storm Erika moves away from the area in Guayama, Puerto Rico, Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. The storm was expected to dump up to 8 inches of rain across the drought-stricken northern Caribbean as it carved a path toward the U.S. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)
A couple of persons take refuge behind a tree against the strong winds of Tropical Storm Erika, as it approaches Santo Domingo, in the Dominican Republic, Friday, August 28, 2015. Tropical Storm Erika began to lose steam Friday over the Dominican Republic, but it left behind a trail of destruction that included several people killed on the small eastern Caribbean island of Dominica, authorities said. (AP Photo/Tatiana Fernandez)
Workers clean highway gutters as Tropical Storm Erika approaches Santo Domingo, in the Dominican Republic, Friday, August 28, 2015. Tropical Storm Erika began to lose steam Friday over the Dominican Republic, but it left behind a trail of destruction that included several people killed on the small eastern Caribbean island of Dominica, authorities said. (AP Photo/Tatiana Fernandez)
Broken traffic lights and street lamps lay on the ground as the strong winds of Tropical Storm Erika approach Santo Domingo, in the Dominican Republic, Friday, August 28, 2015. Tropical Storm Erika began to lose steam Friday over the Dominican Republic, but it left behind a trail of destruction that included several people killed on the small eastern Caribbean island of Dominica, authorities said. (AP Photo/Tatiana Fernandez)
A couple looks out at a rough sea as Tropical Storm Erika moves away from the area in Guayama, Puerto Rico, Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. The storm was expected to dump up to 8 inches of rain across the drought-stricken northern Caribbean as it carved a path toward the U.S. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)
Two large navigation buoys hit by strong winds and waves, float near the coast, as Tropical Storm Erika moves away from the area in Guayama, Puerto Rico, Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. The storm was expected to dump up to 8 inches of rain across the drought-stricken northern Caribbean as it carved a path toward the U.S. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)
A boat sits in shallow water as Tropical Storm Erika passes through New Town, Dominica, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. Erika was expected to move near Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands on Thursday and be near or just north of the Dominican Republic on Friday as it heads toward Florida early next week, possibly as a hurricane. (AP Photo/Carlisle Jno Baptiste)
A man walks on the shore backdropped by a rough sea as Tropical Storm Erika moves away from the area in Guayama, Puerto Rico, Friday, Aug. 14, 2015. The storm was expected to dump up to 8 inches of rain across the drought-stricken northern Caribbean as it carved a path toward the U.S. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)
A man looks out at a rough sea as Tropical Storm Erika moves away from the area in Guayama, Puerto Rico, Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. The storm was expected to dump up to 8 inches of rain across the drought-stricken northern Caribbean as it carved a path toward the U.S. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)
A large navigation buoys hit by strong winds and waves, floats near the coast, as Tropical Storm Erika moves away from the area in Guayama, Puerto Rico, Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. The storm was expected to dump up to 8 inches of rain across the drought-stricken northern Caribbean as it carved a path toward the U.S. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)
Tropical Storm Erika in a satellite image on Aug. 28, 2015. (Photo via NOAA)
A couple walks on a pier under cloudy skies as Tropical Storm Erika approaches the island in Naguabo, Puerto Rico, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. Erika was expected to move near Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands on Thursday and be near or just north of the Dominican Republic on Friday as it heads toward Florida early next week, possibly as a hurricane. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)
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Devastating images out of Dominica as tropical storm Erika slammed the country . http://t.co/7rOjGyRg0N http://t.co/FIYs389p2x
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Tropical Storm Erika in a satellite image on Aug. 27, 2015. (Photo via NOAA)
This visible image of Tropical Storm Erika was taken from NOAA's GOES-East satellite on Aug. 26 at 7:45 a.m. EDT as it headed toward the Lesser Antilles. (Photo via NASA/NOAA GOES Project)
James Franklin, chief hurricane forecaster, looks at an image of Tropical Storm Erika as it moves westward towards islands in the eastern Caribbean, at the National Hurricane Center, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, in Miami. Tropical storm warnings have been issued for Puerto Rico, the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, and the Leeward islands. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
On Aug. 25 at 2:11 a.m. EDT, GPM passed over the northwestern part of the storm and found heaviest rain falling at a rate of 1.1 inches per hour. (Photo via NASA/JAXA/NRL)
On Aug. 25 at 01:59 UTC, the AIRS instrument aboard NASA's Aqua satellite saw cloud tops around Erika's center were near -63F/-53C, indicating strong thunderstorms. (Photo via NASA/JPL, Ed Olsen)
NOAA's GOES-East satellite captured this visible light image of newborn Atlantic Tropical Storm Erika on August 25 at 7:45 a.m. EDT. (Photo via NASA/NOAA GOES Project)
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