Tropical Storm Philippe forms over Cuba, aims for South Florida

Forecasters are watching an area of disturbed weather in the Caribbean for possible tropical development
Forecasters are watching an area of disturbed weather in the Caribbean for possible tropical development

29 October, 2017

Tropical Storm Selma made landfall on the coast of El Salvador on Saturday with strong winds, heavy rains and risky ocean swells, while another system developing in the Caribbean was on a forecast path taking it toward Cuba and then Florida.

South Florida, including the Keys could see between 2-4 inches of rainfall with isolated max totals of six inches.

TD 18 is expected to pick up even more speed and continuing moving to the north-northeast today. An approaching trough will then cause Philippe to steer northeastward across the Florida Straits, continuing to be a rainmaker for Southwest Florida through Saturday night with rain tapering off by sunrise Sunday.

The storm is now located over Western Cuba, with winds of 40 miles per hour, barely above the criteria for a tropical storm.

A tropical system over the Atlantic has strengthened into a tropical depression and is threatening to evolve into Storm Philippe over the next two days. If it develops into a storm, it will be referred to as "Philippe".

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There is also a warning in place for northwestern parts of the Bahamas.

Heavy rains were expected for the Cayman Islands, western and central Cuba and the northern Bahamas. "Families in South Florida should pay attention to local weather updates and be alert for potentially heavy rain and flooding throughout the weekend".

Gov. Rick Scott met with officials from the Florida Department of Emergency Management and urged state residents to be on alert.

Tropical Storm Philippe does not pose a threat to our stretch of the Gulf Coast. Watches are in effect for the Central Bahamas.

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