Tropical Storm Philippe Moves Away from Florida
Tropical Storm Philippe moved through southern Florida Saturday. The storm dumped rain over central and eastern Florida. Over 4.5″ fell in just 24 hours in West Palm Beach. While the strongest winds and rain remained off to the eastern side of the storm, the winds were still strong.
Even three tornadoes near West Palm Beach were reported.
Now as of Sunday morning, Philippe is quickly moving northeast away from Florida but still bringing heavy rain and strong winds to the Bahamas and Cuba.
While there may be a slight strengthening for Philippe, the system is expected to become a post-tropical cyclone by Sunday night.
The National Hurricane Center keeps Philippe off the coast but there still may be indirect effects across the coast.
Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 105 miles from the center so coastal North Carolina could experience some by Sunday evening.
The cold front that is working through the United States will help to keep Philippe offshore. However, the potent low pressure system across the northeast will tap into that tropical moisture and energy.