Hurricane Helene to affect all Azores islands - IPMA

Hurricane Helene to affect all Azores islands - IPMA

"Current indications are that (ex-) tropical storm Helene will approach Ireland's south coast during Tuesday".

Hurricane Florence made landfall early Friday morning, prompting the National Hurricane Center to issue storm surge warnings for both Carolinas.

Helene is now 2,065km south-southwest of the Azores in the Atlantic and Met Éireann said the storm would approach the south coast by Tuesday.

"A turn toward the north and northeast with an increase in forward speed is expected during the next few days", according to the agency. The storm has 45 miles per hour sustained winds with higher-speed gusts.

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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. There are 5.25 million people under hurricane warnings and watches and another 4.89 million under tropical storm watches and warnings.

While a tropical storm watch is in effect for St. Kitts and Nevis, at Pond Hill, Nevis, forecaster Harry W. Hallstrom said, "Isaac is getting ripped apart with wind shear".

Interests elsewhere in the Leeward Islands should monitor the progress of Isaac.

Although the storm is approaching the USA coastline as a Category 2 hurricane after weakening from a Category 4 storm, that doesn't mean the storm will be gentle.

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In North Carolina, a storm-surge pushed floodwater miles inland.

The storm is expected to produce 3 to 5 inches of rain across Martinique, Dominica, and Guadeloupe, with near 10 inches possible in isolated areas, forecasters said.

The National Hurricane Center states that these storm surges are highly likely along portions of the coastlines of North Carolina and SC. Its surge could cover all but a sliver of the Carolina coast under as much as 11 feet of ocean water, and days of downpours could unload more than three feet of rain, touching off severe flooding.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) provided the latest update on Hurricane Florence at 8 a.m. on September 12. Mandatory evacuations have been issued for much of the SC and North Carolina coastline.

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