2 pm Sunday: Tropical Storm Philippe Intermediate Advisory

posted by Operation Storm Watch -

At 200 PM EDT (1800 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Philippe waslocated near latitude 28.7 North, longitude 75.4 West. Philippe ismoving toward the east-northeast near 36 mph (74 km/h). A motiontoward the northeast is expected to begin later this afternoon andtonight and continue through Monday. On the forecast track, thecenter of Philippe will move farther away from the United Stateseast coast and the northwestern Bahamas, and emerge over the openwestern Atlantic this afternoon and tonight, remaining well awayfrom the United States and Bermuda.Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 60 mph (95 km/h) withhigher gusts. Little change in strengthen is expected today, andPhilippe is forecast to merge with a cold front and become apost-tropical cyclone by tonight, and be absorbed by a largeextratropical low on Monday.Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 195 miles (315 km)from the center. Recent ship observations continue to indicate thattropical-storm-force winds of 40 to 50 mph (65 to 83 km/h) areoccurring to the east of northwestern Bahamas.