Hurricane Helene bound for Portugal's Azores islands

Audrey Hill
September 17, 2018

Now a major hurricane with winds of 115 miles an hour and increasing, the National Hurricane Center says Florence's forecast track will take the system over the southwestern Atlantic Ocean between Bermuda and the Bahamas Tuesday and Wednesday, and Florence will approach the coast of SC or North Carolina on Thursday.

According to the forecast of the institution, the maximum sustained winds have decreased to 55 kilometers per hour with higher gusts.

Tropical Storm Isaac had arrived at and pushed past the Lesser Antilles at about 9 a.m. Thursday.

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Subtropical Storm Joyce is located 945 miles west-southwest of the Azores and is moving to the southwest at 6 mph (9 km/h).

But the real threat from Florence isn't from wind, it's from water, with the National Hurricane Center warning of "life-threatening storm surge and rainfall".

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Tropical storm force winds from Isaac expected soon at Leeward Islands.

The US is bracing itself for the category 4 Hurricane Florence to hit land later this week, while the lesser Hurricane Isaac is set to menace the Caribbean.

Four named tropical systems were spinning in the Atlantic Ocean on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018. Some fluctuation in wind speeds are expected, and weakening forecast Thursday, but it's still expected to be a fierce storm triggering risky flooding.

Tropical storm conditions are expected within the tropical storm warning area beginning within the next few hours through the afternoon.

For tropical storms, two's company, three's a crowd and five is, well, unprecedented.

"Winds are likely to gust to 55-65 miles per hour quite widely in the warning area, with possible gusts of 70-80 miles per hour in exposure". These cyclones also bring several feet of rain and storm surges of 10-20 feet or more.

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