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Friday evening Tropics check (10/27/2017)

West Caribbean satellite image (1:50pm 10/27/2017)
Posted at 2:15 PM, Oct 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-27 14:15:00-04

MIDWAY, Fla. (WTXL) -- The broad field of clouds and moisture in the northwestern Caribbean has a greater chance for some slow organization over the weekend as it moves to the north toward the Yucatan Channel and the Florida Straits before turning more to the northeast, and into the western Atlantic Ocean early next week.  It will likely bring more moisture and higher rain probabilities into the southern half of Florida over the weekend, then combine with a cold front to create a strong storm system for the Northeastern U.S. early next week.  

Formation into a tropical depression or storm is possible between now and Sunday before it moves into the western Atlantic.  (It would be named Philippe if it strengthens into a tropical storm.) Regardless of any development, the system will have no direct local impact, since the incoming cold front will prevent any part of the system from reaching our region.

The remainder of the tropical Atlantic basin should be settled through early next week with no major expectations for new developments.