While it's still unclear how the storm will affect South Florida, the National Hurricane Center says the entire state could start experiencing high winds and heavy rainfall beginning Friday in the Keys and spreading north into the Panhandle.
Fred is the first named storm of August, following a quiet month of no named storms in the tropics. While the storm's path is still uncertain, most models forecast that after moving through the Straits of Florida it will veer into Gulf of Mexico and turn north toward the Panhandle.
A few models, however, predict the storm will hit Florida's Upper Keys and one outlier even has Fred making landfall on Florida's east coast near Jupiter.
rise across the state.