After producing heavy rainfall to parts of the Leeward Islands and the British Virgin Islands, Tropical Storm Philippe continues north, bringing potential impacts to Bermuda by the weekend.
After making landfall on Barbuda Monday evening, Philippe is now centered about 120 miles northeast of St. Thomas, in the nearby U.S. Virgin Islands, with peak winds estimated to be 45 mph.
Tropical storm-force winds (39-plus mph) currently extend out 175 miles, primarily to the east and southeast of Philippe's center. Little change in strength is forecast during the next couple of days, the NHC said. Philippe could begin to strengthen a bit late this week.
Flash flooding is possible as between 4 and 8 inches of rain is predicted from Barbuda southward to Dominica, with 3 to 5 inches for the rest of the Leeward Islands and the northern Windward Islands. The Virgin Islands could see 1 to 3 inches of rain.
The storm is forecast to continue on a northerly track through the week, maintaining moderate to strong tropical storm strength as it passes near or just east of Bermuda Friday night and may impact New England through the weekend.
Philippe is the 16th named storm of the 2023 Atlantic hurricane season and the 17th to reach at least tropical storm status.