Tropical Storm Philippe Hits The Atlantic As Ophelia Causes Mass Flooding

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Kay Smythe News and Commentary Writer
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The National Hurricane Center (NHC) announced Sunday that two areas of development are being monitored as Tropical Storm Philippe holds steady.

Philippe is currently located over the central tropical Atlantic, and is traveling at roughly 10mph in a west-northwest direction, according to the NHC. As the week moves forward, it looks like Philippe will burn out before hitting land. But a system just behind it is ramping up power.

The small area of low pressure just beyond the Cabo Verde Islands had a 60 percent chance of becoming a significant system over the next seven days, the NHC stated Sunday. By Monday morning, that risk increased to 80 percent, with the system moving in the direction of a tropical development.

An even smaller system within the Gulf of Mexico created a trough of disorganized showers, but there’s barely a 10 percent chance it’ll turn into a significant weather system at the time of writing. (RELATED: Extreme Weather Caught On Dashcam Video Goes Viral)

The National Weather Service said Sunday that coastal flooding is possible throughout the week in South Carolina and Georgia, starting Wednesday night with high tides. The risk comes just days after Tropical Storm Ophelia hit North Carolina, bringing widespread flooding and torrential rains, AccuWeather reported. A major storm surge in Washington, North Carolina, brought down trees and flooded streets in the quaint town, as seen in footage shared on Twitter.