With the current forecast track, Southwest Florida will remain on the west side of the storm and avoid the strongest winds and severe weather associated with Philippe.
A tropical storm warning is in effect for the northwestern Bahamas, with a watch in effect for the Central Bahamas. Philippe is the impressive 16th named storm of the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season. It was centered about 80 miles (130 kilometers) south of Havana and moving toward the north-northeast at 25 mph (41 kph). Once its north of Cuba the system will start to encounter stronger vertical wind shear as the storm passes over or near south and southeast Florida Sunday morning. The center forecast about 2 to 4 inches of rain with higher localized accumulations and possible flash floods in South Florida. An inbound cold front from the northwest will help to push this storm away from the peninsula rapidly, and then ushering in cooler, windier and drier conditions by late Sunday and Monday. Philippe will move across Cuba and into the Florida Straits on Saturday Night.
Potential Tropical Cyclone Eighteen is picking up energy and is expected to bring torrential downpours to southern Florida and the east coast of the United States of America next week.