Storm Helene to bring wet and windy weather to Ireland

Ignacio Smith
September 14, 2018

Tropical storm force winds from Isaac will pass through the Lesser Antilles, near Dominica and Martinique Thursday.

Tropical storm conditions are expected within the tropical storm warning area beginning within the next few hours through the afternoon. An average hurricane season includes at least 12 named storms. Some fluctuation in wind speeds are expected, and weakening forecast Thursday, but it's still expected to be a fierce storm triggering risky flooding.

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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.

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"A life-threatening storm surge is highly likely along portions of the coastline of SC and North Carolina, and a Storm Surge Warning is in effect for a portion of this area", the National Hurricane Center said Wednesday. "Whether it is a tropical storm, a tropical storm watch, or a hurricane watch or a hurricane warning, we must treat all of them the same way". Little change in strength is expected over the next several hours.

At 2 a.m., the storm was centered 625 miles (1,005 km) southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, moving at 17 mph (28 kph). The storm is now moving northwest at 15 miles per hour.

Florence is now 485 miles from Wilmington, North Carolina.

Overnight, Isaac began to fall apart as it encountered increasing atmospheric winds that help shred storms and neared dry air.

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Mapp, who spoke with the National Weather Service and Virgin Islands Emergency Management Agency officials again this morning, said two to four inches of rain are expected on St. Croix beginning Thursday evening. A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area.

The storm is likely to die out by Wednesday, the forecaster said.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) provided the latest update on Hurricane Florence at 8 a.m. on September 12.

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