Tropical Storm Philippe
Tropical Storm Philippe formed in the Caribbean Sea on Saturday. National Hurricane Center

Tropical Storm Philippe formed in the Caribbean Sea this weekend, forging a path toward Florida and the Bahamas. Philippe brought rain and wind to parts of Florida Saturday as it moved through the southern portion of the state.

Philippe continued north away from Florida on an east-northeast path, packing winds of up to 50 mph. The storm’s center was located about 120 miles east of Freeport, Grand Bahama Island Sunday afternoon.

The storm was expected to bring up to three inches of rain in the northern Bahamas and eastern Cuba. Some minor strengthening was possible Sunday, the Weather Channel reported, though Philippe should weaken into a post-tropical storm by Monday morning.

Philippe was set to continue out into the Atlantic Ocean over the coming days, landing off the coast of Virginia and Delaware by Monday morning. While the storm was not expected to make landfall again, some precipitation could affect the northeast United States Sunday and Monday, according to AccuWeather. High wind warnings were issued for Long Island and parts of New England for Sunday night and Monday morning. Forecasters warned of potential tree damage and power outages across the northeast due to strong winds.

Atlantic hurricane season officially ends Nov. 30. The 2017 season ranks among the top 10 most active seasons in recorded history, according to the Weather Channel. By the end of September, there had been eight hurricanes, five of them a Category 2 or stronger, in the Atlantic Ocean. Hurricanes Irma, Harvey, Jose and Maria wrought devastation in Texas, Florida and parts of the Caribbean.

“When we have a pattern such as this, we usually have two to three named storms in October, and we can have one in November or December,” said AccuWeather hurricane expert Dan Kottlowski.