Tropical Storm Philippe forms over Cuba, aims for South Florida

Michele Moreno
October 29, 2017

The storm was located about 20 miles southwest of Havana and about 120 miles south-southwest of Key West.

"Maximum sustained winds are near 35 miles per hour [55 km/h] with higher gusts". 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. A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Coastal Miami-Dade County and The Upper Keys, from Craig Key to Golden Beach.

Philippe's center was confirmed Saturday, and the storm was reported to be moving north, expected to continue into the evening.

Should the system strengthen into a tropical storm, it would be the 16th named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season - Philippe.

TD 18 is expected to pick up even more speed and continuing moving to the north-northeast today.

"While this is not now a developed storm, we know how quickly weather can change and how important it is for every family to be prepared", Florida Gov. Rick Scott said in a statement Friday.

Regardless of development, very heavy rainfall is expected to also impact Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, parts of Cuba and even the northern Bahamas through Saturday.

The Sun Sentinel reports that heavy rains have already hit South Florida.

The hurricane center said 2 to 4 inches of rain will be possible in South Florida and the Keys, with isolated totals as high as 6 inches.

Other reports by Insurance News

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