FIRST ALERT: Rina and Philippe dance in the Atlantic
MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - We continue to keep an eye on Tropical Storm Philippe and Rina. These two tropical storms continue to dance with one another as the forecast calls for them to only move closer into next week.
Thankfully, neither of these systems pose a threat to the United States.
TROPICAL STORM RINA
The center of Tropical Storm Rina was located near latitude 18.9 North, longitude 46.6 West. Rina is moving toward the north-northwest near 5 mph. A northwestward to west-northwestward motion, with a slight increase in forward speed, is expected for the next few days. Maximum sustained winds are near 45 mph with higher gusts. Slight strengthening is forecast later today, followed by little change in intensity through Saturday. Gradual weakening is expected to begin Sunday. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles from the center. The estimated minimum central pressure is 1003 mb.
TROPICAL STORM PHILIPPE
The center of Tropical Storm Philippe was located near latitude 18.5 North, longitude 55.2 West. Philippe is moving toward the southwest near 2 mph, and this general motion is expected to continue through Saturday night. A gradual turn toward the west and northwest is forecast Sunday and Sunday night.
Maximum sustained winds are near 45 mph with higher gusts. Little change in strength is expected during the next day or so, but some strengthening is possible over the weekend. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles from the center. The estimated minimum central pressure is 1003 mb.
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