Rina is the 18th named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season. It's the third highest number of storms on record as of Sept. 28, according to Colorado State University hurricane expert Philip Klotzbach.
Tropical Storm #Rina is 18th Atlantic named storm formation of 2023 #hurricane season. That's the 3rd-most on record through September 28, trailing 2020 (23 named storms) and 2021 (19 named storms). A subtropical storm formed in January. pic.twitter.com/kxtW1sVidm
— Philip Klotzbach (@philklotzbach) September 28, 2023
Philippe is maintaining 50-mph winds as it drifts east of the Leeward Islands. The tropical storm is expected to slowly weaken over the weekend.
We're currently in the middle of the busiest period of the Atlantic hurricane season. The season runs from June 1 through Nov. 30, with the most-active period running from mid-August through mid-October.
What impact could Philippe and Rina have on Florida?
Tropical Storm Philippe "poses no direct threat to Florida over the next 5-7 days, at least," according to the Florida Division of Emergency Management.
The Florida Division of Emergency Management also said Rina "poses no direct threat to Florida at this time."
That doesn't mean Florida will see clear skies this week.
"Regardless of whether a tropical storm forms or not, the downpours and thunderstorms that occur in Florida will be highly disruptive and potentially damaging," AccuWeather Chief On-Air Meteorologist Bernie Rayno said.
AccuWeather forecasters were predicting 2 to 4 inches of rain will fall on the Florida Peninsula, the eastern portion of the Florida Panhandle and the far southeastern part of Georgia through the weekend.
Some locations could see 4 to 8 inches of rain.
"It is possible for the rainiest spots to measure close to or more than a foot of rain during the week-long period from this past Monday to Sunday," according to AccuWeather.
"Some areas will get hit by downpours multiple times a day and/or for several days in a row, while other places may have only a single shower or thunderstorm the entire time through Sunday," Rayno said.
Here's the latest update from the NHC as of 11 a.m. Thursday:
Tropical Storm Philippe
Special note on the NHC cone: The forecast track shows the most likely path of the center of the storm. It does not illustrate the full width of the storm or its impacts, and the center of the storm is likely to travel outside the cone up to 33% of the time.
Location: 560 miles east of the northern Leeward Islands; 1,707 miles east of West Palm Beach
Maximum wind speed: 50 mph
Direction: west-northwest at 2 mph
At 11 a.m., the center of Tropical Storm Philippe was located near latitude 18.6 North, longitude 54.6 West. Philippe is moving toward the west-northwest near 2 mph. A slow westward or southwestward motion is expected during the next few days.
Maximum sustained winds are near 50 mph with higher gusts. Little change in strength is forecast during the next few days.
Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 175 miles from the center.
The estimated minimum central pressure is 1002 mb.
Forecast path: Spaghetti models for Philippe
Special note about spaghetti models: Illustrations include an array of forecast tools and models, and not all are created equal. The hurricane center uses only the top four or five highest performing models to help make its forecasts.
Tropical Storm Rina
Location: 1,190 miles east of the northern Leeward Islands
Maximum wind speed: 40 mph
Direction: west-northwest at 10 mph
At 11 a.m., the center of Tropical Storm Rina was located near latitude 17.4 North, longitude 45.0 West. Rina is moving toward the north-northwest near 10 mph, and the storm is expected to turn more westward later today or tomorrow.
Maximum sustained winds are near 40 mph, with higher gusts. Some gradual strengthening is forecast during the next few days.
Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 60 miles from the center.
The estimated minimum central pressure is 1005 mb.
Forecast path: Spaghetti models for Rina
Who is likely to be impacted?
It's too early at this time to determine if there will be any impact to the U.S. from Tropical Storm Rina or Tropical Storm Philippe.
Forecasters urge all residents to continue monitoring the tropics and to always be prepared.
Weather watches and warnings issued in Florida
When is the Atlantic hurricane season?
The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 through Nov. 30.
When is the peak of hurricane season?
The peak of the season is Sept. 10, with the most activity happening between mid-August and mid-October, according to the Hurricane Center.
Tropical forecast over the next seven days
Excessive rainfall forecast
What's out there?
Systems currently being monitored by the National Hurricane Center.
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This article originally appeared on Treasure Coast Newspapers: NHC tracking Tropical Storms Rina, Philippe. Florida storms