Tropical Storm Isaac, Hurricane Helene Updated Path, Forecast

Pat Wise
September 16, 2018

The turbulent weather is coming off the back of one of number of major storms now raging in the Atlantic, another of which, Hurricane Florence, has caused mass evacuations on the east coast of United States this week. Earlier forecasts showed that the storm was slated to directly hit around North and SC.

Olivia's maximum sustained winds are about 60 miles per hour, after the storm weakened from Category 1 strength, forecasters said. Some regions are expected to receive more than 20 inches of rain from the hurricane and its giant knot of storm clouds.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's student paper, The Daily Tar Heel, reported that class has been canceled and students have been encouraged to leave the Chapel Hill area before the storm hits.

Tropical storm-force winds extend about 45 miles from its center, but there are no coastal watches or warnings associated with Joyce. "The models indicate it will travel up the west side of the United Kingdom, before crossing Scotland and going out the north of Scotland, but that could change as the storm degrades and changes its habits".

Since then, Isaac has meandered in the Caribbean Sea and, as a depression, lashed the Lesser Antilles Friday morning with rain squalls and 35 miles per hour winds.

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.

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The center downgraded Florence to a Category 1 hurricane, but warned that it still carried "very unsafe winds". North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper warned people: "Today the threat becomes a reality".

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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.

Varlack Ventures announced Tuesday evening that it anticipates the ports will be closed at 8 a.m. Thursday, and said it will announce the last runs between Cruz Bay and Red Hook after Wednesday's 1 p.m. advisories.

A hurricane warning is in effect from the South Santee River in SC to Duck, North Carolina. Some forecasting models say that the storm could dump as many as 35 inches of rain in some areas.

"That little disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico continues to move closer to Texas, with only a 30 percent chance of development within the next two days, as well as the next five days", Bridges said.

Winds of tropical storm strength could reach Puerto Rico on Friday morning. Please consult products from your local weather office. Expect winds to increase on Saturday to 15-30mph across the entire CSRA, with the 30mph more likely in the northern/eastern areas.

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