Published: Sat, September 15, 2018
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Tropical Storm Helene expected to bring rain, wind gusts to Azores

Tropical Storm Helene expected to bring rain, wind gusts to Azores

The storm was more than 400 miles off the coast Wednesday, and had winds in the 125 mph range, the National Hurricane Center reported.

The storm is now around 530 miles southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, and is moving west-northwest at 17 mph.

Earlier forecasts showed that the storm was slated to directly hit around North and SC. "Near the coast, the surge will be accompanied by large and destructive waves", the NHC added.

Ireland is expected to endure the worst of the storm, while Wales and the Cornish peninsula will bear its brunt in England.

The Met Service says the system will produce significant rainfall across the island on Sunday through to early next week.

The National Hurricane Center issues new updates at 8 AM, 11 AM, 2 PM, 5 PM, 8 PM, 11 PM, 2 AM, and 5 AM.

The National Hurricane Center (N.H.C.) in its 5:00 p.m. advisory said all tropical storm watches and warnings for Isaac have been discontinued, news that will be welcomed by interests in the Caribbean.

We'll continue to monitor Florence, but as far as our weather is concerned, all of the storm is expected to stay south of our region through the weekend.

Latest Isaac tropical storm image from Harry Halstrom, Pond Hill forecaster. Tropical storms generate winds between 39 and 73 miles per hour, just below hurricane force. The city said two out-of-state FEMA teams were working on swift-water rescues, and more teams were on the way.

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This general motion is expected to continue through the next few days. Here's how it breaks down: Expect a breezy and mostly dry day Friday, with increasing winds up to 20mph.

Rain chances Friday and Saturday are only at 20 percent after the noon. Yet even with this months 3 hurricanes, this season seen lower average activity with just 9 named storms.

Still closer to Africa than North America, Hurricane Helene is predicted to head northeast in the Atlantic, then veer toward Europe, the center said.

No storm warnings have been posted yet for the territory, but tropical storm warnings are in effect for Martinique, Dominica and Guadeloupe. "Life-threatening storm surge and rainfall expected".

"It could well bring some very warm conditions on Monday and Monday night but that storm could also bring some damaging gusts of wind".

"This storm will bring destruction to North Carolina", Gov. Roy Cooper said Thursday morning. It should dissipate by early next week, the hurricane center said.

There are now two more tropical storms in the Atlantic - Joyce and Isaac - and a category 1 hurricane named Helen. "Prepare for long power outages".

"By the time it reaches the United Kingdom we're looking at potential for 55 to 65mph gusts, with isolated chances of 70 to 80 miles per hour gusts on exposed high ground or coastal areas", Met Office spokesperson Nicola Maxy told i.

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