The bad news first: Hurricane Fred is a powerful storm in the tropical Atlantic. Late Wednesday it was reported to have winds of 115 miles per hour. You don't want to be near it.
Now the good news: Barring a tremendous surprise, you never will. The National Hurricane Center says the storm -- about 1,000 miles off the African coast and 3,000 miles from any U.S. city -- will probably veer north and not threaten any major land mass. At last report it was churning northwestward at 13 mph.