Just as Tropical Storm Ophelia was downgraded to a Tropical Depression, the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida have classified a system in the central Atlantic as Tropical Storm Philippe. Philippe is the 17th named storm of the 2023 Atlantic Hurricane Season, tying it with 2005 for the third most number of Atlantic named storms to date.
As of the latest update from the National Hurricane Center, Philippe is located in the Central Atlantic Ocean about 1,045 miles west of the Cabo Verde Islands. Maximum sustained winds are 40 mph while the minimum central pressure is 1005 mb.
Philippe is moving to the west at 14 mph and the National Hurricane Center expects that motion and speed to continue for now. By early next week, it should pick up speed as it heads west. For now the National Hurricane Center does expect it to curve north west and north well before it can threaten any landmass. Nevertheless, they will continue to monitor it as it moves across the Pacific.