Tropical Storm Watch Issued For Parts Of Keys & Southeast Florida

by Ray Hunter October 29, 2017, 1:36
Tropical Storm Watch Issued For Parts Of Keys & Southeast Florida

As of the 4 PM CDT update from the National Hurricane Center, what was tropical depression 18 has become tropical storm Philippe near the western edge of Cuba.

A tropical storm watch was issued for parts of South Florida and the Keys, from Craig Key to Golden Beach on the east coast.

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The 5 p.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center indicated the storm had sustained winds of 40 miles per hour with stronger gusts. Sunday, the storm was forecasted to turn northeast, taking it on track to move across northwest Cuba towards South Florida and the Florida Keys; thereafter, into the Atlantic ocean.

This image shows the projected path of Tropical Storm Philippe on October 28, 2017.

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A tropical storm warning is now in effect for the Cuban provinces of Isla de la Juventud, La Habana, Ciudad de la Habana, Matanzas, Cienfuegos and Villa Clara. The moisture and this fully or partially developed storm system will bring heavy rainfall and strong winds to the Eastern Seaboard from eastern North Carolina on north Sunday into Monday. 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.

"Some storms could be strong this afternoon into early tonight", National Weather Service forecasters said. A Tropical Storm Watch is also in effect for the Central Bahamas.

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