CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Well that sounds ominous, surely we have a problem here. Actually we don't. In fact, Fred is no longer a hurricane and will continue to weaken during the day Tuesday eventually dissipating over the central Atlantic due to - you guessed it - wind shear and dry air. At least that's the official forecast.
So what's the record?
Fred developed and strengthened off the west coast of Africa on Sunday and reached hurricane strength in the early hours Monday.
It's location at that time was 15.3 North Latitude and 22.5 West Longitude, or about 60 miles SSE of Rabil in the Cape Verde Islands.
By all accounts this is the farthest east in the Atlantic Basin a hurricane has ever formed.
"Hurricane 5" in 1892 may have competed with Fred for this title, but lots of uncertainty exists on the exact location of this storm without the precise measurements we have today from Hurricane Hunters and Satellites.
Either way you slice it, while virtually nobody will likely remember Fred, it accomplished something seen at most once-a-century!