Tropical Storm Philippe Moves Toward South Florida
Tropical Storm Philippe formed Saturday afternoon according to the National Hurricane Center. After hurricane hunters flew into the storm Saturday and found better organization, it was determined Philippe had officially formed.
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Philippe began moving rapidly on Saturday as it was getting picked up by the jet stream. Strong winds between 10,000 and 20,000 feet above ground level were moving around 40 miles per hour, pushing Philippe to the northeast. These strong upper-level winds will also *prevent* this storm from turning into a hurricane. It will also make the storm last shorter location-by-location.
Tropical storm warnings are in effect for *offshore* waters of the Florida Keys to Jupiter, FL where tropical storm gusts will be possible. It is not the safest night to spend in the boat in these locations. Maximum sustained winds with Philippe are expected to reach 65 mph Sunday.
The heaviest rain will fall by 2 a.m. Sunday and then pretty much wrap up quickly after that. By sunrise Sunday the storm and its associated rain will be gone and nicer, calmer weather will ensue. However, there is a risk of coastal and inland flooding. Avoid high water if encountered.
Preparedness Actions: If you’re wondering what to do for this specific event here are some safety tips. This is not the storm to put up storm shutters, because it will be brief with below-hurricane-force winds. That said, since the storm is already bringing heavy rain and the threat of tornadoes to this area now, it’s too late to put up shutters anyway. It’s best to stay in and wait for the rain and wind to pass. Make sure everything is charged up just in case of electrical outages. The air conditioners should not be needed the next few days as much cooler air arrives. Evacuations are unlikely as well. With any specific questions you may have, we encourage you to ask our meteorologists via Twitter or Facebook.
For WeatherNation, Meteorologist Steve Glazier