Tropical Storm Philippe expected to strengthen

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The National Hurricane Center expects Philippe to continue its westward motion over the next few days, with a turn towards the west-northwest and northwest around the middle of the week.

Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 45 mph with higher gusts. Slow strengthening is expected during the next few days.

And, The Weather Authority is also keeping an eye on a tropical wave off the west coast of Africa. According to the NHC, it has a 60% chance of developing over the next seven days.

It is located near the Cabo Verde Islands is producing a broad area of disorganized showers and thunderstorms. Environmental conditions are expected to be conducive for some gradual development.

An area of disorganized showers and thunderstorms has gathered in the southeastern Gulf of Mexico. It has a 10% chance of developing over the next seven days.

NHC update on Post-tropical Ophelia:

  • Coastal flooding will continue along portions of Chesapeake Bay and its tidal rivers through Sunday.
  • Heavy rainfall from Ophelia may produce localized flash and urban flooding impacts across portions of the Mid-Atlantic states from Virginia to New Jersey through Sunday.
  • Swells generated by Ophelia will affect much of the U.S. east coast through the remainder of the weekend, likely causing life-threatening surf and rip currents.

Source: WINK