Tropical Storm Philippe Model Shows Path


Tropical Storm Philippe, the 16th named storm of the 2018 hurricane season, has formed in the Atlantic and is making its way toward the United States.

Saturday night, when NOAA models showed Philippe strengthening while moving westward across the central Atlantic Ocean, the storm was given the name Philippe.

The core of Tropical Storm Philippe was located at 17.4 degrees north latitude and 43.9 degrees west longitude at 5:00 AM AST (09:00 UTC).

The National Hurricane Center issued a Monday AM bulletin stating, "Philippe is heading toward the west-northwest near 10 mph (17 km/h).

This directional trend is forecast to continue for the next day or two, after which the wind will begin to shift gradually to the northwest.

The intensity is not expected to change much over the next few days. Up to 115 miles from the center, tropical storm-force winds are expected to be present.

Since the storm is still rather far from the east coast of the United States, there are currently no coastal watches or advisories in force.

Hurricane Lee crashed into New England a week prior, and now here comes Hurricane Philippe, just days after Storm Ophelia caused catastrophic flooding when it made landfall in North Carolina.