Fred is the second farthest east tropical storm formation in the records (back to 1851). If we look at all known tropical cyclones (which includes Depressions) that formed east of 19°W, there have only been 20. Fred was named at 18.4°W (in the best-track), and the only one further east was Ginger 1967 at 18.1°W. Note that two Florida landfalling storms had their origins this far east: Dora 1964 (Category 3 landfall near St. Augustine) and the 1928 Okeechobee Hurricane (Category 4 landfall near West Palm Beach). Just for reference, the travel time from the coast of Africa to south Florida is approximately 10-12 days for an average easterly wave.
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