Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Science | By Michele Flores

Hurricane Helene ‘THREAT TO LIFE’ warning - United Kingdom to be hit on MONDAY

Hurricane Helene ‘THREAT TO LIFE’ warning - United Kingdom to be hit on MONDAY

The National Hurricane Center's Tropical Analysis and Forecast Branch measured wave heights up to 83 feet as Hurricane Florence makes its way to the east coast.

Isaac is expected to move near or over the central Lesser Antilles on Thursday and move into the eastern Carribbean Sea on Thursday night.

Tropical Storm Isaac is expected to produce total rainfall accumulations of 2 to 4 inches with isolated amounts up to 6 inches across Martinique, Dominica, and Guadeloupe, especially over elevated terrain. The storm has 45 miles per hour sustained winds with higher-speed gusts.

Helene, which has been downgraded from a hurricane, is among a glut of tropical storms brewing in the region, with mass evacuations under way in southern USA states as Hurricane Florence barrels across Virginia and the Carolinas.

Rainfall of 0.5 to 1.5 inches with isolated amounts to 3 inches are forecast across Puerto Rico and the southern United States Virgin Islands, with up to an inch anticipated across the remaining Windward and Leeward Islands.

On the forecast track, Isaac will move near or over the central Lesser Antilles on Thursday.

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Hurricane Helene, which is brewing out in the Atlantic, is expected to hit the Azores islands on Saturday, and the effects should be felt on all the islands, especially the western ones, according to the Portuguese Met Office, the IPMA.

Isaac became the fifth hurricane of the season late Sunday and was initially expected to strengthen, potentially becoming a Cat 2 storm with 100 miles per hour winds, as it crossed warm ocean waters.

"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.

"Life-threatening, catastrophic flash flooding and significant river flooding is likely over portions of the Carolinas late this week into early next week, as Florence is expected to slow down as it approaches the coast and moves inland". As of Wednesday afternoon, Helene had maximum sustained winds near 90 miles per hour.

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

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