Tropical storms Philippe and Rina continued to make their way through the Atlantic, but forecasters don’t anticipate Florida to be affected, according to Friday’s 11 a.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center in Miami.
The positioning of the two storms has forecasters pondering the possibility of the two storms merging.
Here’s what the National Hurricane Center has to say about Philippe and Rina.
Tropical Storm Philippe forecast
Tropical Storm Philippe “is likely to loiter just east of the Northern Leeward Islands for another three or four days,” senior hurricane specialist Robbie Berg wrote in the 5 a.m. Friday advisory
Where is it: Philippe was about 450 miles east of the Northern Leeward Islands.
Wind speed: Maximum sustained winds held at 45 mph with higher gusts.
Movement: Philippe was moving southwest at 2 mph and should continue doing so through Saturday night.
Strength forecast:. A gradual turn toward the west and northwest is forecast through Sunday. Little change in strength is expected Friday but some strengthening is possible over the weekend, the center forecast. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles from the center.
Hazards: Swells generated by Philippe will bring dangerous surf and rip currents and affect portions of the Atlantic coasts of the northern Leeward Islands, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico through the weekend.
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