Tropical Depression Eighteen forms in Caribbean

Sunday, 29 Oct, 2017

Tropical Storm Philippe has formed near Cuba.

The hurricane center said the depression was "producing heavy rains across central Cuba and spreading northward over the Florida Keys and South Florida".

This morning forecasters do not think a flood watch will be issued, but that could change if the storm slows down.

"Maximum sustained winds are near 35 miles per hour [55 km/h] with higher gusts".

This cold front is bringing the coldest air mass of this season so far across much of the U.S. From the Great Lakes to Texas, freeze warnings are in effect.

Tropical Depression 18, which if it strengthens will be named Philippe, is now hovering over the southern coast of Cuba and moving toward the north-northeast at 25 miles per hour. The NHC said residents in the Cayman Islands should monitor the storm. The possibility of the depression strengthening into a tropical storm overnight is high.

TD 18 is expected to pick up even more speed and continuing moving to the north-northeast today. Philippe will move across Cuba and into the Florida Straits on Saturday Night. Impacts will be felt in south Florida with the potential for heavy rain, some 2"-4" and some gusty winds.

The national weather service warned isolated parts of South Florida and Florida Keys could receive up to six inches of rainfall through Sunday, with flash flooding to be expected in urban areas. Tropical storm watches are in effect for parts of extreme southern Florida and the Central Bahamas.