The depression had maximum sustained winds of 35 miles per hour. An approaching trough will then cause Philippe to steer northeastward across the Florida Straits, continuing to be a rainmaker for Southwest Florida through Saturday night with rain tapering off by sunrise Sunday. It is expected to intensify some and become Tropical Storm Philippe by tonight, the hurricane center said.
While the system likely won't bring strong winds to Florida, it does have the potential to bring heavy rain and strong storms. This rainfall could cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides.WIND: Tropical storm conditions are expected to first reach the coast within the warning area by early Saturday, making outside preparations hard or dangerous.SURF: Swells generated by Selma are forecast to affect portions of the coasts of Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala later today.