Tropical Storm Philippe bringing heavy rains, high wind, flood threat to South Florida – Sun Sentinel

Tropical Storm Philippe was passing over the Straights of Florida about 75 miles southwest of Key West as of 8 p.m. Saturday evening, the National Hurricane Center said.

The storm formed just before 5 p.m. Saturday, and soon shifted west, putting more of South Florida in the cone; a tropical storm watch was issued for coastal South Florida from Miami-Dade to the Upper Keys on Saturday.

Heavy rains across parts of South Florida began Saturday afternoon from the fringes of the fast-moving storm as it raced across Cuba at about 29 mph. By 8 p.m., it had slowed just slightly.

The rains were expected to be heavy on Saturday night and into Sunday.

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