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St. Croix Reports Consistent Rainfall Sunday Morning … Tropical Storm Philippe Expected To Drop Heavy Rains On Central And Western Cuba

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MIAMI — Tropical storm Phillipe has formed in the Caribbean, becoming the 16th named storm of the 2017 hurricane season.

It is expected to bring heavy rains to central and western Cuba, spreading northward across the Florida Keys and south Florida.

In the meantime, St. Croix was reporting consistent rainfall on Sunday morning.

“Scattered to numerous showers are expected across portions of Eastern PR, the USVI, and local waters,” the National Weather Service (NWS) said. “Seas up to five feet and winds up to 15 knots expected across the local waters.”

Philippe’s maximum sustained winds as of th 5:00 p.m. advisory are 40 miles per hour, and the storm is moving north at 29 miles per hour.  The National Weather Service in Ruskin has issued a Flood Advisory for West central Charlotte County and South central Sarasota County.

Go to the Virgin Islands Free Press Facebook platform for continued updates on Phillipe’s track throughout the weekend.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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