Tropical Depression 18 Forms and May Become Philippe

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Potential Tropical Cyclone 18, the 18th storm actively tracked by the hurricane center this year, is expected to reach tropical storm strength at some point on Saturday.

Tropical storm warnings are still in effect for the western side of Cuba and for the western Bahama Islands. The main concern will be flash flooding leading to localized street flooding.

Philippe is better organized as of Saturday evening and now has top winds of 40 miles per hour and is moving north very fast, at 29 miles per hour. If the system fails to become a fully developed tropical storm by Sunday morning then the system will likely remain a poorly organized storm system.

The tropical storm force winds are on the east end of the storm.

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It's important to note regardless of Philippe's organization or further intensification in the next day, the impacts to Southwest Florida aren't expected to change. On the forecast track, the center will move across west-central Cuba this afternoon, across the Straits of Florida tonight, and across the northwestern Bahamas Sunday morning. Rainfall amounts could reach above 5 inches across parts of South Florida and around 1.5 in the southern tier of Central Florida.

"While this is not now a developed storm, we know how quickly weather can change and how important it is for every family to be prepared", the governor said, in a statement issued late Friday afternoon.

The KRIS 6 Weather team advises that this storm does not pose a threat to our area.