Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Tips for Travelers Affected by Hurricane Florence ZlotoNews

Tips for Travelers Affected by Hurricane Florence ZlotoNews

As a result, two foreign governments and one local government have taken the decision to end their islands' storm warnings or storm watches. A warning is typically issued 36 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm- force winds, conditions that make outside preparations hard or risky. A fifth would add to an already crowded map that includes Hurricane Florence, which is expected to make landfall in the Carolinas Friday, and tropical storms Helene, Issac and Joyce.

A Tropical Storm Watch which had been issued for St. Kitts and Nevis, Montserrat, Barbuda and Antigua was also expected to be discontinued by Thursday evening. The system grew into a named tropical storm last Saturday afternoon and flared up to a Category 1 hurricane Sunday night - becoming the fifth-named hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic season.

The Portuguese weather service said that wind gusts of up to 74 mph are possible by the weekend in the Azores, an island chain about 850 miles west of Portugal.

At 8 a.m., the center of the storm was 25 miles east of Dominica. Winds are expected to first reach tropical storm strength on Thursday, making outside preparations hard or risky.

And the storm is heading straight for the United Kingdom, with landfall expected early next week. Gradual weakening is forecast during the next few days. It is not very well organized and has crossed the Lesser Antilles.

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Despite the downgrade the National Hurricane Center (NHC) warned that "life-threatening storm surges" would continue into the night, predicting "catastrophic freshwater flooding" over parts of North and SC.

Less rain is predicted for St. Thomas, St. John and Water Island.

The storm brought high storm surge near 13 feet and flooding rain as far as 40 miles inland of the storm.

Rainfall totals of 50 to 100 millimetres are possible, as well as isolated amounts up to 150 millimetres, therefore, flash-flooding is likely over low-lying and flood-prone areas.

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