Fred drenches US Southeast; Grace lashes quake-hit Haiti

Fred drenches US Southeast; Grace lashes quake-hit Haiti
Crews in the Florida Panhandle are working to repair downed power lines and clear fallen trees from Tropical Storm Fred, which is spreading heavy rains into the U.S. Southeast

Crews worked to repair downed power lines and clear toppled trees after Tropical Storm Fred move over the Florida Panhandle and trekked inland early Tuesday, spreading heavy rains and a flood threat into the U.S. Southeast.

Authorities warned of the risk of scattered urban and flash floods from a drenching by Fred, even as it weakened while crossing land. No deaths have been reported from the storm, though thousands of Florida residents were reported without power in the hours after landfall.

Les Etats Unis. Centre national des ouragans said Fred crashed ashore Monday afternoon near Cape San Blas in Florida and added it had picked up some speed and weakened some as it move across southeast Alabama late Monday night. A forecast tracked showed the storm would head Tuesday across western and north Géorgie and then into the southern Appalachians on Tuesday night.

Top sustained winds dropped to 40 mi/h (65 km/h) overnight and Fred was moving north-northeast at 12 mi/h (19 km/h). Fred was expected to bring heavy rains to a swath of several Southeasteren states on its march north.

Forecasters expected Fred to drop 4 à 8 pouces (10 à 20 centimètres) from Alabama across Florida’s Big Bend and Panhandle, and even a foot (30 centimètres) of rain in isolated spots. They also warned Fred could eventually dump heavy rain into the mid-Atlantic states, possibly causing flash floods as some rivers overflow and even landslides in the Blue Ridge mountains.

pendant ce temps, Tropical Depression Grace drenched earthquake-damaged Haiti on Monday, dumping up to 10 pouces (25 centimètres) of rain on a landscape where people are huddling in fields and searching for survivors. The storm couldn’t have come at a worse time for Haitians struggling to deal with the effects of Saturday’s 7.2 séisme de magnitude, blamed for an estimated 1,300 des morts. Grace was expected to become a tropical storm again as it passes between Cuba and Jamaica on Tuesday and could be near hurricane strength when it approaches Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula Wednesday night.

Tropical Storm Henri formed Monday southeast of Bermuda and was about 140 milles (230 kilomètres) southeast of that island late Monday night. The storm had 45 mi/h (75 km/h) winds and was moving south-southwest at 5 mi/h (7km/h). A tropical storm watch was in effect for the island.

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