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Hurricane Philippe
Short MPG Movie of Ophelia updated continuouslySeptember 23, 2005 Philippe is forecast to dissipate within 24 hours
September 21, 2005 The NHC Forecast for Philippe is basically unchanged.  That forecast in which Philippe breaks up at sea is unchallenged by any forecasters that we know of at this time.
September 20, 2005 The National Hurricane Center's forecast for Philippe remains relatively unchanged.
September 19, 2005 At this point all computer models are forecasting that Philippe will not reach landfall in the United States and is not considered a threat to Bermuda.  However! However, one of the most well respected forecasters that we know is questioning the output of all the computer models forecasting Philippe's track.  So as much as we would like to close the book on  Philippe, we're going to still keep our eye on him.  Meanwhile soon to be Hurricane Rita does present a growing threat to US mainland.

September 18, 2005 Most long range predictions call for Philippe not to strike  the US mainland; but, not all forecasters agree, and they may be right.  Typically once a tropical storm or hurricane reaches the mid latitudes it gets caught up in the prevailing westerlies and is curved away from the US mainland.  Rarely a high forms called a Bermuda High, which acts to block the fronts moving in from the west and instead drives the storm up the eastern seaboard.  Some of the most destructive storms in American history were the result of this affect.  In those cases the Hurricane, like the one recently experienced by the people of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama (Katrina), hit New England with full force. It will be some days before we know if this will happen with Philippe.  In the mean time, Hurricane Rita is going to make the news as it appears certain to hit Florida and destined to head into the Gulf of Mexico with Texas as its most likely target.   

September 17, 2005 -- Today the 17th numbered Tropical Depression was named .  Number 17 is destined to become  Hurricane Philippe.  At this point in time it is possible that Phillippe could threaten any part of the Atlantic coast.

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3. Fuel car.
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5. Secure buildings by closing and boarding up windows. Remove outside antennas.
6. Turn refrigerator and freezer to coldest settings. Open only when absolutely necessary and close quickly.
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