Tropical Storm Philippe is drenching the northeastern Caribbean as it barrels toward Bermuda, New England and Canada, packing winds of up to 45 mph (72 km/h)
- Tropical Storm Philippe is likely to bring heavy rain and strong winds to the northeast after submerging the American and British Islands
- The storm is expected to reach New England and Canada this weekend
- It has drenched the northeastern Caribbean and forced schools to close
Tropical Storm Philippe is expected to head towards Bermuda, and later New England and Canada, after drenching the US and British Islands on Wednesday.
Phillippe drenched the northeastern Caribbean on Tuesday, with all schools in the US Virgin Islands closed and multiple power outages reported in the area due to rain showers and lighting.
The storm, packing winds of up to 45 miles per hour, is expected to approach Bermuda late Thursday and Friday, with a tropical storm warning already in effect for the region.
Although now far from the US mainland, Phillippe will approach New Hampshire and Maine on Sunday, with chances to intensify in the coming days.
Heavy rain and flooding are likely this weekend in New York and New England, an area that has seen repeated wet spells in recent weeks.
Tropical Storm Philippe is expected to head towards Bermuda, and later New England and Canada, after drenching the US and British Islands on Wednesday
Philippe could hit parts of Maine with heavy rain, high winds and storm surges, AccuWeather senior meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said. USA today.
Forecasters said rainfall would be less heavy than last week, but widespread rain of up to an inch is very possible.
“The intensity forecast remains murky,” the hurricane said Centre said.
The storm was located about 250 miles northwest of St. Thomas on Wednesday afternoon. According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, the winds were blowing up to 70 km/h, moving from north to northwest at 15 km/h.
Tuesday’s downpours had forced the government to close all schools in the U.S. Virgin Islands, while a few in St. Martin and St. Barts remained closed Wednesday morning.
Residents of the French Caribbean are not allowed to swim or participate in ocean activities until Thursday.
Tropical Storm Philippe is the 16th storm to form in the Atlantic Ocean this year.
It will interact with a cold front this weekend and bring tropical moisture through the Northeast, CNN reported.
Phillippe drenched the northeastern Caribbean on Tuesday, with all schools in the US Virgin Islands closed and multiple power outages reported in the area amid rain showers and lighting.
The storm, packing winds of up to 45 miles per hour, is expected to approach Bermuda late Thursday and Friday, with a tropical storm watch already in effect for the region
The projected track for Tropical Storm Philippe is similar to that of Hurricane Lee in September, as strong winds and rain are expected in parts of the Northeast and Canada.
The storm will lose its tropical character as it approaches the New England coast this weekend, but the strength of the rain and wind will likely remain the same.
The exact location of the heaviest rainfall is still unknown on Wednesday afternoon. It depends on Philippe’s route in the coming days.
The New York City tri-state area experienced some of the most intense rainfall last week, flooding subways, roads and basement apartments and prompting a state of emergency.
Last week’s rain showers were brought by the remnants of Tropical Storm Ophelia, with converging winds just to the north.
The rain, a hangover from Tropical Storm Ophelia, was some of the worst in New York City since Hurricane Ida in 2021, when 13 people drowned in basement apartments after being overwhelmed.