Tropical Storm Philippe has strengthened slightly to 45 kt max winds as it moves west at 8 kts.
The intensity forecast is somewhat uncertain so it is possible Philippe could maintain its tropical cyclone status as it reaches the northern Leeward Islands.
The official track forecast has been shifted southward in 3-5 days which likely would bring the effects of Philippe to the northern Leeward Islands, the U.S and British Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico with heavy rain and gusty winds.
Heavy rainfall of 2 to 4 inches of rain is likely across the northern Leeward Islands, the Virgin Islands, and eastern Puerto Rico Friday through Monday. Across western Puerto Rico, 1 to 2 inches of rain is expected. Heavy rainfall from Philippe may produce isolated urban and small stream flooding impacts.