Tropical Storm Philippe soaks northeast Caribbean on a path toward Bermuda, New England and Canada

This satellite image provided by NOAA on Monday, Oct. 2 2023 shows Tropical Storm Philippe,...
This satellite tv for pc picture supplied by NOAA on Monday, Oct. 2 2023 exhibits Tropical Storm Philippe, heart proper. Philippe is threatening to unleash heavy rains and flash flooding within the Leeward Islands on Monday earlier than finally recurving out into the central Atlantic the place it may acquire hurricane standing round midweek, forecasters say. (NOAA by way of AP)(AP)

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Tropical Storm Philippe drenched the U.S. and British Virgin Islands on Wednesday because it spun away from the northeast Caribbean on a path that may take it towards Bermuda and later New England and Atlantic Canada.

The storm was situated 150 miles (240 kilometers) north-northwest of St. Thomas late Wednesday morning. It had winds of as much as 45 mph (75 kph) and was transferring northwest at 9 mph (15 kph), in keeping with the Nationwide Hurricane Middle in Miami.

Colleges in St. Martin and St. Barts remained closed Wednesday morning, and officers within the French Caribbean territories banned folks from swimming within the ocean or doing any nautical actions till Thursday.

Forecasters stated as much as eight inches (20 centimeters) of rain may fall within the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, with a most of 12 inches (30 centimeters). In the meantime, as much as 4 inches (10 centimeters) have been predicted for Puerto Rico.

Philippe is predicted to strategy Bermuda late Thursday and Friday and will intensify barely within the coming days.

“The depth forecast stays murky,” the hurricane heart stated.

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