Tropical Storm Phillipe Forms Over Cuba; Heading to Florida

The National Hurricane Center upgraded it from a Tropical Depression when it released its 5:00pm update.

Philippe is expected to strengthen a bit is as it moves over the Keys and southeast Florida tonight and early Sunday-but will remain a weak tropical storm.

The storm's winds have increased to 40 mph and additional strengthening is expected over the next 48 hours, the center said.

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The storm is now located about 170 miles south-southwest of Havana, Cuba, and is already bringing heavy rains to the island and as far north as Florida Keys. Regardless of strength, Philippe will produce flash flooding in South Florida.

A tropical storm warning was issued for the Cuban provinces of Isla de la Juventud, La Habana, Ciudad de la Habana, Matanzas, Cienfuegos, and Villa Clara.

Potential Tropical Cyclone 18 is located about 275 miles south-southwest of Havana, Cuba this morning and is tracking northward at 10 mph. Philippe will move across Cuba and into the Florida Straits on Saturday Night. Philippe is the impressive 16th named storm of the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season.

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Tropical storm force winds begin at 39 miles per hour.

South Florida, including the Florida Keys, is slated to get two to four inches of rainfall with a maximum total of six inches into Sunday. It will also bring heavy rain and potential isolated tornaodes to south Florida. But the hurricane center said even a slight shift to the west could bring tropical-storm force winds to the Keys or the mainland.

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