While Tropical Storm Philippe is expected to lose steam, its path may still take it close to islands in the Caribbean including Puerto Rico while a new system is likely to form and could grow into Tropical Storm Rina, according to the National Hurricane Center.
As of 11 a.m., the NHC said the center of Philippe was located about 620 miles east of the Caribbean’s northern Leeward Islands moving west at 9 mph with sustained winds of 50 mph. That’s slightly more intense than earlier Saturday and forecasters now expect it to retain tropical-storm strength as it approaches land.
“A westward to west-northwestward motion is expected over the next few days,” forecasters said. “Little change in strength is forecast the next day or
two, with slow weakening forecast this weekend.”
Tropical-storm-force winds extend out up to 205 miles.
While the NHC earlier had said the system was losing its cyclonic characteristics, forecasters found it slightly better organized during the day.
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