Hurricane season isn't over yet. Tropical Storm Philippe expected to develop Saturday

Hurricane season isn't over yet. Tropical Storm Philippe expected to develop Saturday

Kerry Wise
October 29, 2017

- A tropical depression whirling Saturday in the Atlantic Ocean south of Cuba is expected to strengthen into Tropical Storm 18 later in the day.

Central Florida could receive some heavy amounts of rain, mainly courtesy of the tropical depression, but the main bulk of the heavier showers and storms will be focused south of Orange County.

As of the 5 p.m. Saturday evening advisory on Philippe, the storm has an area of sustained winds hitting 40 miles per hour, but mainly focused east and southeast of the center of the system. "For that reason, a tropical storm watch has been issued for these areas". Although they are expected to taper off in the afternoon, they should also resume this evening.

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The 16th named storm system of the year has developed off the southern coast of Cuba. It was centered about 80 miles (130 kilometers) south of Havana and moving toward the north-northeast at 25 mph (41 kph).

"On the forecast track, the center will move across west-central Cuba [Saturday] afternoon, across the Straits of Florida [Saturday night], and across the northwestern Bahamas Sunday morning.", the NHC said. It is expected to intensify some and become Tropical Storm Philippe by tonight, the hurricane center said. Parts of South Florida could receive up to 4 inches of rain through Sunday morning.

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