Would-be Philippe to skim South Florida, some strong storms possible

Oct 29, 2017, 02:11
Would-be Philippe to skim South Florida, some strong storms possible

Strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and the depression is expected to become a tropical storm by tonight.

A disturbance called Potential Tropical Cyclone Eighteen formed in the Caribbean Sea on Friday, and is expected to become Tropical Storm Philippe on Saturday, the National Hurricane Center said.

Philippe's center was confirmed Saturday, and the storm was reported to be moving north, expected to continue into the evening. "Families in South Florida should pay attention to local weather updates and be alert for potentially heavy rain and flooding throughout the weekend". The center of Philippe will move off the northern coast of Cuba and into the Straits of Florida Saturday, and move across the Florida Keys or the southern tip of the Florida peninsula overnight. There is also a tropical storm watch for southern Florida. Once its north of Cuba the system will start to encounter stronger vertical wind shear as the storm passes over or near south and southeast Florida Sunday morning.

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There was a tropical storm warning in effect for the Isle of Youth (Isla de la Juventud), Havana, Matanzas, Cienfuegos and Villa Clara, Cuba, and the Northwestern Bahamas.

"For that reason, a tropical storm watch has been issued for these areas". There are no threats here to the First Coast but it's just another reminder that there's about a month left of the 2017 hurricane season. There is a chance that these watches are extended farther south later today if the heavier rain totals are forecast to be more widespread.

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