Tropical Storm Philippe forms southwest of the Florida Keys

A tropical disturbance in the west Caribbean may become a tropical depression or tropical storm this week. Should pose no Gulf Coast threat
A tropical disturbance in the west Caribbean may become a tropical depression or tropical storm this week. Should pose no Gulf Coast threat
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29 October, 2017

Tropical Storm Philippe formed late Saturday afternoon just south of Havana.

The storm, if it continues on its projected path, is expected to move across west-central Cuba this afternoon and then along the Straits of Florida near the Florida Keys overnight, eventually reaching the northwestern Bahamas by Sunday morning.

It is now moving north-northeast at roughly 10 miles per hour, with maximum sustained winds of 35 miles per hour. But the hurricane center gives it an 80 percent chance of organizing itself into a tropical depression or storm as it arcs toward Cuba and the Bahamas.

This cold front is bringing the coldest air mass of this season so far across much of the U.S. From the Great Lakes to Texas, freeze warnings are in effect.

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The tropical storm force winds are on the east end of the storm. Watches are in effect for the Central Bahamas.

The center said Selma was "expected to produce torrential rains and flash floods through Sunday", and Salvadoran Civil Defense director Jorge Melendez said the rainfall would be "strong and intense". The center forecast about 2 to 4 inches of rain with higher localized accumulations in South Florida. Though for the time being the storm is moving north, its forward speed is very fast, clocking in at 29 miles per hour. The NHC said residents in the Cayman Islands should monitor the storm.

The KRIS 6 Weather team advises that this storm does not pose a threat to our area.


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