Isaac Likely to Make Closest Pass to V.I. on Friday

Katie Ramirez
September 15, 2018

Sustained winds on Tuesday afternoon approached 105 miles per hour, making it a very strong Category 2 storm, though it was expected to gradually weaken over cooler waters.

Florence, a potentially life-threatening Category 4 hurricane, is on track to make landfall in North Carolina or SC on Thursday (Sept. 13).

Tropical Storm Isaac was expected to pass south of Puerto Rico, Hispaniola and Cuba.

It is more likely that Ireland, Scotland and northern England will see winds of 10 to 20mph, and gusts up to 40mph.

Severe gales are expected in the United Kingdom, moving from the south west to the north west.

Helene downgraded from a Category 2 hurricane to a tropical storm Thursday. Some forecasting models say that the storm could dump as many as 35 inches of rain in some areas.

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.

Emma Smith, meteorologist with the Exeter-based Met Office, said more details would emerge within the next day over what impact the storm might have.

Hurricane Florence crawling toward the Carolinas, coastal water levels rising
Officials in the potential path of Florence urged people to evacuate their coastal homes and directed drivers away from the coast. Hurricane force winds extended 80 miles from the centre of the storm, while tropical storm force winds extended up to 195 miles.

"It may well draw in these strong southerly winds particularly ahead of that storm".

Duke Energy North Carolina President David Fountain said Florence is so massive and its potential for damage so extensive that people could be without power for a very long time.

Storm surge of up to 13 feet is also likely across portions of NC.

At 11 a.m., the center of the system was about 190 miles east-southeast of Kingston, Jamaica.

Hurricane Florence isn't the only storm threatening lives and property around the world.

Residents on the Carolina coast are finding empty gas pumps and depleted store shelves as they flee a potentially devastating blow from Hurricane Florence.

Another joker said: 'Looks like tropical storm Floyd has penetrated Florence, we will be having a baby shower for the little sprinkle that's due in 9 months'. However, the center of Florence could hit as early as Thursday night rather than Friday morning, according to the latest NOAA estimates at the time of this writing.

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