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Tropical Storm Philippe forecasted to weaken as it moves west

Puerto Rico is in the projected path of Tropical Storm Philippe as the storm continues to sustain maximum winds of 50 miles per hour in the Atlantic Ocean.

The tropical storm began forming over the weekend and is now moving toward the northwest at around 13 miles per hour, with the general motion expected to progress over the next few days.

Tropical wave AL91, which is several hundred miles southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands, is also showing signs of organization.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) has released that the storm is expected to become a tropical depression by the end of the week. The next tropical storm would be named Rina.

So far, this year’s hurricane season has totaled 16 named storms in the Atlantic, six of which developed into hurricanes.

Of those, three of the hurricanes were reported as being a Category 3 or higher:

  • Hurricane Lee – Category 5
  • Hurricane Franklin – Category 4
  • Hurricane Idalia – Category 3

Hurricane Idalia slammed into Florida’s Big Bend region in late August, with heavy rainfall and winds ranging between 70 mph to 130 mph. The storm then moved through Georgia and South Carolina before returning to the Atlantic Ocean several days later.

A little over two months currently remain until the end of hurricane season, which is set to run through November 30.

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