By PDC’s Senior Weather
Specialist Glenn James
The Pacific Disaster Center’s (PDC Global) Friday, September 29, 2023, Tropical Cyclone Activity Report…for the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean Sea, and the Gulf of Mexico
CURRENT TROPICAL CYCLONES:
Tropical Cyclone 17L (Philippe)…is located about 480 miles east of the Northern Leeward Islands
Tropical Cyclone 18L (Rina)…is located about 945 miles east of the Northern Leeward Islands
Tropical Cyclone 17L (Philippe)
PHILIPPE MEANDERING EAST OF THE NORTHERN LEEWARD ISLANDS
According to the NHC advisory number 27…
Philippe is moving toward the southwest near 3 mph (6 km/h), and this motion is expected to continue through Saturday night. A turn toward the west and northwest is forecast Sunday and Sunday night, and a slightly faster northwest to north-northwest motion is expected by Monday.
Maximum sustained winds are near 50 mph (85 km/h) with higher gusts.
Gradual strengthening is forecast during the next few days.
Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles (220 km) from the center.
Tropical Cyclone 18L (Rina)
RINA SLIGHTLY STRONGER THAN PREVIOUSLY THOUGHT BUT FORECAST TO SLOWLY WEAKEN OVER THE WEEKEND
According to the NHC advisory number 7…
Rina is moving toward the northwest near 12 mph (19 km/h), and this general motion is expected to continue for the next couple of days.
Recent satellite wind data indicate that the maximum sustained winds are near 50 mph (85 km/h) with higher gusts. Although this is higher that previous estimates, Rina is still forecast to slowly weaken over the weekend.
Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 150 miles (240 km) from the center.