Hurricane Helene to affect all Azores islands - IPMA

15 September, 2018, 14:06 | Author: Tracy Craig
  • The forecast track for Tropical Storm Isaac at 11 a.m

Hurricane Helene is forecast to weaken over the eastern Atlantic Ocean, and interests in the Azores islands should monitor the storm's progress.

Duke Energy says damage from Hurricane Florence could cut off electricity to three-quarters of its 4 million customers in the Carolinas, and the outages could last for weeks.

"These enormous waves are produced by being trapped along with very strong winds moving in the same direction (as) the storm's motion", explained a tweet sent by the analysis branch. Isaac also has the potential to bring 1-2 inches of rain to portions of St. Croix.

That's almost double the wave heights documented on Tuesday, when the NHC said satellites had observed "an expansive area of wave heights 12 feet or greater" circulating around Hurricane Florence and peak waves of 45 feet near its center.

Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 40 miles per hour (65 km/h) with higher gusts.

While Hurricane Florence pounds North Carolina, another tropical storm is on track to reach Britain early next week.

"The models indicate it will travel up the west side of the United Kingdom, before crossing Scotland and going out the north of Scotland, but that could change as the storm degrades and changes its habits".

Flash-flooding is likely over low-lying and flood-prone areas.

In Jacksonville, North Carolina, next to Camp Lejeune, firefighters and police fought wind and rain as they went door-to-door to pull dozens of people out of the Triangle Motor Inn after the structure began to crumble and the roof started to collapse.

Hurricane Florence: North Carolina Governor sends STARK WARNING to residents
A large rain cloud passes over a day before the arrival of hurricane Florence in Wilmington, N.C. on September 12, 2018. TRT World's Nicole Johnston is on the coast in Wilmington, North Carolina , where people are preparing for the worst.

Little change in strength is forecast during the next 36 hours but the storm is expected to weaken to a tropical depression on Sunday and degenerate into an open wave on Monday.

That is causing the so called "cone of uncertainty" to expand.

That's about 220 miles (354 kilometers) from Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, where Florence made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane at 7:15 a.m. Friday, coming ashore along a mostly boarded-up, emptied-out stretch of coastline.

Wind speeds are expected to hit 55-65mph, with maximums of 70-80mph.

The storm is expected to die down by Wednesday.

Throughout Monday night Storm Helene will push north-east before clearing quickly to north Scotland on Tuesday morning.

As Hurricane Florence barreled across the Atlantic towards the East Coast, researchers were keeping a close watch.

The storm is also predicted to bring historic rainfall of up to 35 inches to the Wilmington region. Swells generated by the storm could produce life-threatening surf and rip current conditions. Locally higher amounts for storm surge are possible along the rivers and sounds near New Bern, NC.

Screaming winds bent trees and raindrops flew sideways as Florence's leading edge battered the Carolina coast Thursday.

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