A tropical wave in the northern Caribbean has developed into Tropical Depression 18. The system will likely continue to strengthen and is forecast to become a tropical storm by Saturday Evening. The next tropical storm will be named Philippe.
Tropical Depression 18 will track to the north/northeast, putting Cuba and South Florida in line to be hit by heavy winds and high rain. Southern Florida and the Bahamas could receieve up to 4+ inches of rain through Sunday.
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Cuba’s southern and northern coasts. A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for southern Florida.
The latest discussion from the National Hurricane Center is below:
Tropical Depression Eighteen Advisory Number 4
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL182017
1100 AM EDT Sat Oct 28 2017
…AIR FORCE RESERVE RECONNAISSANCE AIRCRAFT FINDS A TROPICAL
DEPRESSION HAS FORMED OVER THE NORTHWESTERN CARIBBEAN SEA…
…TROPICAL STORM WATCH ISSUED FOR THE UPPER FLORIDA KEYS AND
SUMMARY OF 1100 AM EDT…1500 UTC…INFORMATION
ABOUT 55 MI…90 KM S OF THE ISLE OF YOUTH
ABOUT 170 MI…270 KM S OF HAVANA CUBA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…35 MPH…55 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT…NNE OR 20 DEGREES AT 22 MPH…35 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…1005 MB…29.68 INCHES
WATCHES AND WARNINGS
CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY:
A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for portions of southeastern
Florida and the upper Florida Keys from Craig Key to Golden Beach.
SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for…
* Cuban provinces of Isla de la Juventud, La Habana, Ciudad de la
Habana, Matanzas, Cienfuegos, and Villa Clara
* Northwestern Bahamas
A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for…
* Craig Key to Golden Beach
* Central Bahamas
A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are
expected somewhere within the warning area, in this case within the
next 12-24 hours.
A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are
possible within the watch area, in this case within 24 hours.
Interests in the Cayman Islands should monitor the progress of this
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DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK
At 1100 AM EDT (1500 UTC), the center of Tropical Depression
Eighteen was located by reconnaissance aircraft and radars from
Cuba and Grand Cayman near latitude 20.8 North, longitude 82.9
West. The depression is moving toward the north-northeast near 22
mph (35 km/h) and this motion is expected to continue today. A
motion toward the northeast with an increase in forward speed is
expected to begin tonight and continue through Sunday. 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.
Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph (55 km/h) with higher gusts.
Strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and
the depression is expected to become a tropical storm by tonight.
The estimated minimum central pressure based on reconnaissance data
is 1005 mb (29.68 inches).
HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
RAINFALL: The depression is expected to produce the following
The Cayman Islands, western and central Cuba, northern Bahamas: 4 to
8 inches with isolated maximum totals of 10 inches through Sunday.
These rainfall amounts may produce life threatening flash floods and
South Florida, including the Keys: 2 to 4 inches with isolated
maximum totals of 6 inches through Sunday. These rainfall totals may
produce flash flooding, especially in urbanized areas.
WIND: Tropical storm conditions are expected to first reach the
warning area in Cuba later today and the northwestern Bahamas
tonight. Tropical storm conditions are possible in the central
Bahamas tonight or early Sunday.
TORNADOES: A couple of brief tornadoes are possible across far
South Florida and the Florida Keys this afternoon and evening.
Next intermediate advisory at 200 PM EDT.
Next complete advisory at 500 PM EDT.