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Fred is dead for now, sparing South Florida. But here comes Tropical Storm Grace

The weather system known as Fred officially fell apart Saturday morning as it moved into the Gulf of Mexico, still expected to soak South Floridians — who were already casting a nervous eye toward Tropical Storm Grace.

The National Hurricane Center’s 11 a.m. advisory downgraded Fred from a tropical depression to a disorganized wave with sustained winds of 35 miles per hour. Forecasters also discontinued a tropical storm warning for the Keys with the remnant center sitting about 125 miles southwest of Key West.

Fred had earlier been expected to emerge from its jaunt skirting the north coast of Cuba toward the Florida Keys. But over the past day, the storm’s track crept westward, a trend that continued early Saturday, sparing Miami-Dade and Broward Counties the threat of tropical-force storm winds. Rainfall could still come as the system moves up the coast — but perhaps not the flooding deluge expected earlier.

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