Philippe moves away from Florida, moisture to impact Canada
Sunday, October 29, 2017, 12:27 PM - Tropical Storm Philippe continues to push east-northeastward away from the U.S. East Coast. While the storm poses no threat to land, Philippe will merge with a low off the coast of the Carolinas where it will lose its tropical characteristics, but its moisture will help fuel a nor'easter that will bring drenching rain to eastern Canada.
As of 11 a.m. EDT Sunday, Philippe is 285 km east of Vero Beach, Florida, with maximum sustained winds of 85 km/h. The storm is moving to the east-northeast at 50 km/h and this motion is expected to continue through Monday.
"On the forecast track, the center of Philippe will continue to move quickly away from the Florida east coast and the northwestern Bahamas and emerge over the open western Atlantic later this afternoon, remaining well away from the United States and Bermuda," says the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC).
While a tropical storm warning has been discontinued for Cuba, it continues for northwestern Bahamas.
"Some strengthening is possible during the next day or so. However, Philippe is expected to become a post-tropical cyclone by tonight, and be absorbed by a large extratopical low on Monday," says the NHC.
Philippe is capable of producing 25-75 mm of rain over eastern Cuba.
"This rainfall could cause flash flooding, especially in urban areas and in the mountainous terrain of Cuba," says the NHC.
In northwestern Bahamas tropical storm conditions are expected to continue through the morning, but end by early afternoon.
Impact to Canada
Rainfall warnings are in effect for eastern Ontario and southern Quebec as moisture from Philippe will merge with a system off the U.S. East Coast, bringing 100+ mm of rain to localized areas, especially the Ottawa region into Monday.
Check back for updates on this developing storm.