Tropical storm watch issued in Florida

Posted October 29, 2017

Tropical Storm Selma made landfall on the coast of El Salvador on Saturday with strong winds, heavy rains and unsafe ocean swells, while another system developing in the Caribbean was on a forecast path taking it toward Cuba and then Florida.

Philippe's maximum sustained winds as of th 5:00 p.m. advisory are 40 miles per hour, and the storm is moving north at 29 miles per hour. But the hurricane center gives it an 80 percent chance of organizing itself into a tropical depression or storm as it arcs toward Cuba and the Bahamas.

Latest tracking maps show the storm moving over Cuba today before brushing the southern tip of Florida at about 2am EDT on Sunday.

Tropical Depression 18, which if it strengthens will be named Philippe, is now hovering over the southern coast of Cuba and moving toward the north-northeast at 25 miles per hour. This rainfall could cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides.WIND: Tropical storm conditions are expected to first reach the coast within the warning area by early Saturday, making outside preparations hard or dangerous.SURF: Swells generated by Selma are forecast to affect portions of the coasts of Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala later today. Impacts will be felt in south Florida with the potential for heavy rain, some 2"-4" and some gusty winds. However we will continue to see periods of moderate to heavy rain through the evening-with rain coming to an end as we track past midnight early Sunday. In Florida, the front will not bring freezing temperatures, but it will bring a pronounced drop in temperatures, especially Monday morning. The system is helping to pull a tropical air mass in our direction from the south, keeping rain and overcast sky conditions in place through tonight. Under partly cloudy skies, the highs will reach low 70s. The National Weather Service has Tropical Storm Watches active for coastal Miami-Dade County as well as the Upper Florida Keys.

Localised flooding is also likely with up to six inches of rain possible in some areas.