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Tropical storm forecast track shifts closer to South Florida

Tropical storm forecast track shifts closer to South Florida

The National Hurricane Center said late Saturday that Selma had largely dissipated over land, but authorities in El Salvador reported mudslides, toppled trees and rivers that threatened to top their banks. Watches are also in effect for Craig Key, Golden Beach and the central Bahamas. The storm was moving north at 29 miles per hour.

A tropical depression soaking parts of western Cuba has formed into Tropical Storm Philippe, and was expected to dump heavy rain across South Florida and the Florida Keys Saturday night.

Scattered rain from the storm was already moving into South Florida as of Saturday morning, and flash flood watches are in effect for parts of the area, according to the National Weather Service in Miami. That's when the strongest winds will be felt, as winds may gust as high as 40 to 50 miles-per-hour during the day on Monday, especially in the higher elevations.

We now have Tropical Storm Phillipe in the Carribean Sea.

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The tropical storm force winds are on the east end of the storm. If it becomes Philippe, the system would be the 2017 hurricane season's 16th named storm.

The NHC said: "A couple of brief tornadoes are possible across far South Florida and the Florida Keys from midday through this evening". It will also bring heavy rain and potential isolated tornaodes to south Florida.

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.


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