Storm Helene wind warning issued


Helene is now one of a glut of tropical storms in the Atlantic, with Florence sparking mass evacuations as it heads towards landfall in the USA states of North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.

Isaac, with winds of 50 miles per hour, had weakened as it tracked westward toward the Caribbean, according to the National Hurricane Center, and may not survive beyond the next few days.

The storm is now around 530 miles southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, and is moving west-northwest at 17 mph. 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. The hurricane will weaken as it moves over cooler water, and is expected to be downgraded from hurricane to tropical storm status before making the transition to post-tropical storm on Sunday.

Hurricane Florence, the Category 2 storm heading straight for my parents' SC house, has the country on high alert. They are also watching Tropical Storm Isaac, which is heading due west and expected to enter the Caribbean Sea on Thursday.

The current forecast is that "Storm Helene" or "ex-Tropical Storm Helene" will be to the south of Ireland on Monday night. This rainfall may cause life-threatening flash flooding.

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Tropical storm conditions are expected within the tropical storm warning area beginning within the next few hours through the afternoon. Tropical storm force winds and several inches of rain are possible, depending on the exact track of the storm. While people along large swathes of the Eastern Seaboard have been dreading the storm for days, you can say one thing: it arrived right on time.

Fox News reported that sustained winds were picking up a bit along the North Carolina coast.

Well, mostly those living in the south coast of the country. This general motion is forecast to continue today with a decrease in forward speed as it gets over the Caribbean Sea. While early on Wednesday the odds of it forming dropped, by afternoon forecasters had again increased the chance to 70 percent over two days.