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Tropical Storm Watches Issued for South Florida

28 Oct 2017, 9:35 am

Tropical Depression 18 formed in the Caribbean Sea early Saturday, and is expected to strengthen throughout the day. As the system strengthens, it is expected to be renamed Tropical Storm Philippe.

In advance of the storm, the National Hurricane Center has issued tropical storm watches for parts of south Florida and the central Bahamas. Tropical storm warnings were also hoisted for Cuba and the northern Bahamas. Arrival of tropical storm force winds could be as early as Saturday night for parts of South Florida. Tropical storm force winds means over 39 mph, with possible higher gusts.

 

 

There will also be a high risk of rain, and some could be quite heavy over Cuba, south Florida, and the Bahamas. The forecast is for 2 to 4 inches with isolated maximum totals of 6 inches through Sunday for South Florida, including the Keys. These rainfall totals may produce flash flooding, especially in urbanized areas. For the Cayman Islands, western and central Cuba, northern Bahamas: 4 to 8 inches with isolated maximum totals of 10 inches through Sunday. These rainfall amounts may produce life threatening flash floods and mudslides.

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