Tropical Storm Philippe crosses Cuba, threatens Florida

A tropical disturbance in the west Caribbean may become a tropical depression or tropical storm this week. Should pose no Gulf Coast threat

Tropical Storm Philippe became the 16th named storm of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season as of late Saturday.

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 is expected to continue to move northeast and pass well off the North Carolina coast.

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Tropical Storm Philippe has formed from a patch of gusty weather southwest of Cuba, and a watch was issued for coastal South Florida from Miami-Dade to the Upper Keys.

The national weather service warned isolated parts of South Florida and Florida Keys could receive up to six inches of rainfall through Sunday, with flash flooding to be expected in urban areas.

The system is causing heavy rains across the Central Americas and Western Cuba.

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The National Hurricane Center said Tropical Depression 18 could become Tropical Storm Philippe by tonight and brush the southern part of Florida on its way to the Bahamas. Wind gusts will be between 15-35 miles per hour inland and 35-50 miles per hour along the coast and Outer Banks Sunday into Monday morning.

This map shows the track of Tropical Storm Philippe. The possibility of the depression strengthening into a tropical storm overnight is high. There is a chance that these watches are extended farther south later today if the heavier rain totals are forecast to be more widespread.

The storm was located about 55 miles south of the Isle of Youth, Cuba, and 170 miles south of Havana as of the NHC's 11 a.m. EDT advisory.

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