Depression Strengthens into Tropical Storm Philippe
Miami (treasurecoast.com) -Tropical Storm Philippe Advisory Number 5 NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL182017 500 PM EDT Sat Oct 28 2017 …DEPRESSION STRENGTHENS INTO TROPICAL STORM PHILIPPE… …HEAVY RAINS OCCURRING OVER CENTRAL AND WESTERN CUBA AND SPREADING NORTHWARD ACROSS THE FLORIDA KEYS AND SOUTH FLORIDA… SUMMARY OF 500 PM EDT…2100 UTC…INFORMATION ———————————————- LOCATION…23.0N 82.6W ABOUT 20 MI…30 KM SW OF HAVANA CUBA ABOUT 120 MI…195 KM SSW OF KEY WEST FLORIDA MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…40 MPH…65 KM/H PRESENT MOVEMENT…N OR 355 DEGREES AT 29 MPH…46 KM/H MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…1002 MB…29.59 INCHES WATCHES AND WARNINGS ——————–
SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for… * Cuban provinces of Isla de la Juventud, La Habana, Ciudad de la Habana, Matanzas, Cienfuegos, and Villa Clara * Northwestern Bahamas A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for… * Craig Key to Golden Beach * Central Bahamas A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area, in this case within the next 12-18 hours.
A Tropical Storm Watch
means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, in this case within 24 hours. Interests in the Cayman Islands should monitor the progress of this system. For storm information specific to your area in the United States, including possible inland watches and warnings, please monitor products issued by your local National Weather Service forecast office. For storm information specific to your area outside the United States, please monitor products issued by your national meteorological service.
DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK At 500 PM EDT (2100 UTC)
The center of Tropical Storm Philippe was located near latitude 23.0 North, longitude 82.6 West. Philippe is moving toward the north near 29 mph (46 km/h). This motion is expected to continue this evening, followed by a turn toward the northeast by early Sunday morning. A faster motion toward the northeast is expected on Sunday and continuing into Monday.
On the forecast track, the center of Philippe will move off of the northern coast of Cuba and into the Straits of Florida this evening, and move across the Florida Keys or the southern tip of the Florida peninsula overnight, and across the northwestern Bahamas Sunday morning. Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 40 mph (65 km/h) with higher gusts. Additional strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 105 miles (165 km) mainly to the east and southeast of the center. The estimated minimum central pressure based on surface observations is 1002 mb (29.59 inches).
HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND-RAINFALL:
Philippe is expected to produce the following rainfall totals: The Cayman Islands, western and central Cuba, northern Bahamas: 4 to 8 inches with isolated maximum totals of 10 inches through Sunday. These rainfall amounts may produce life threatening flash floods and mudslides. South Florida, including the Keys: 2 to 4 inches with isolated maximum totals of 6 inches through Sunday. These rainfall totals may produce flash flooding, especially in urbanized areas.
Tropical storm conditions are expected to occur in the warning area later tonight across the northwestern Bahamas. They are possible across the upper Florida Keys and southeast Florida overnight, and in the central Bahamas by Sunday morning. TORNADOES: A couple of brief tornadoes are possible across portions of South Florida and the Florida Keys this afternoon and evening.