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Tropical Storm Selma hits El Salvador; Philippe eyes Florida


Tropical Storm Selma has made landfall on the coast of El Salvador near the Central American nation's capital, bringing strong winds, heavy rains and risky ocean swells.

Tropical Storm Selma made landfall on El Salvador's coast Saturday with heavy rains and risky ocean swells, while Tropical Storm Philippe formed in the Caribbean and was expected to dump heavy rains across South Florida and the Keys after soaking Cuba.

But the hurricane center gives it an 80 percent chance of organizing itself into a tropical depression or storm as it arcs toward Cuba and the Bahamas.


A tropical system over the Atlantic has strengthened into a tropical depression and is threatening to evolve into Storm Philippe over the next two days. That's when the strongest winds will be felt, as winds may gust as high as 40 to 50 miles-per-hour during the day on Monday, especially in the higher elevations.

NHC advised that the Cayman Islands, western and central Cuba, northern Bahamas, South Florida and the Florida Keys could face tropical storm conditions. There is also a tropical storm watch for southern Florida. If it becomes Philippe, the system would be the 2017 hurricane season's 16th named storm. Philippe will move across Cuba and into the Florida Straits on Saturday Night.

Moisture from this potential storm will first get drawn north and then northeastward by a southward dip in the jet stream that will sweep through the central and eastern states late this week into the weekend. But the hurricane center said even a slight shift to the west could bring tropical-storm force winds to the Keys or the mainland. It said the rainfall is spreading north across the Florida Keys and South Florida.

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