'It Wants to Get Stronger': NOAA Hurricane Hunter Flies into Florence

14 September, 2018, 20:11 | Author: Tara Reeves
  • Joyce forms in the Atlantic

At 11 p.m., the center of the storm was 195 miles south-southeast of St. Croix.

The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service said Tropical Storm Isaac is moving away from Lesser Antilles and eastward into the Caribbean Sea.

Meanwhile, Helene is heading north towards the British Isles at around 14mph and sub-tropical storm Joyce was some 945 miles WSW of the Azores drifting southwest.

After forecast models showed steering currents collapsing as the storm nears the Carolina coast Tuesday, forecasters shifted the track slightly south.

RAINFALL: Tropical Storm Isaac is expected to produce total rainfall accumulations of 2 to 4 inches with isolated amounts up to 8 to 10 inches over Dominica.

Meteorologists have given Hurricane Florence, which is now heading towards the United States, a category four level strength, meaning the storm could cause major structural damage costing millions. Florence remains a unsafe Cat 4 with max winds of 130 miles per hour with a NW movement of 15 miles per hour. Many areas in the low-lying city flood with routine rain storms, causing street closures and detours.

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However, according to the latest projections, the storm might shift slightly to the south and affect Georgia with heavy rain and possible flooding.

At noon, The National Hurricane Center issued hurricane watches for Dominica, Guadeloupe, and Martinique while a tropical storm watch was issued for Antigua and Montserrat.

A tropical storm warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere in the warning area within 36 hours, and a watch within 48 hours.

"We do not anticipate experiencing any tropical storm or hurricane force winds, but we could experience rain and will be placed under a flash flood watch", said Governor Kenneth Mapp in a release issued late Thursday.

Hurricane Helene is now churning northeast through the Atlantic Ocean around 655 miles (1,055 km) south-west of the Portuguese Azores with maximum sustained winds of 70mph. Forecasters also were tracking two other disturbances. Current estimates have Isaac passing nearly 150 miles south of St. Croix early Friday morning.

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