Latest Update on Hurricane Helene, Tropical Storm Isaac, Gulf Depression

Latest Update on Hurricane Helene, Tropical Storm Isaac, Gulf Depression

The mammoth waves were spotted early Wednesday in the storm's northeast quadrant, said the NHC's Tropical Analysis and Forecast Branch, which has been documenting Florence's waves all week.

"These enormous waves are produced by being trapped along with very strong winds moving in the same direction (as) the storm's motion", explained a tweet sent by the analysis branch. Tropical storm conditions are possible within the tropical storm watch area, also beginning late this morning.

RTE reports that the National Hurricane Centre in the USA said that the weather event will be packing wind speeds of 140km/h, but that by the time it reaches the United Kingdom and Ireland, it won't be as severe as it has been elsewhere. In a 2 p.m. advisory, forecasters said sustained winds remained at 60 miles per hour, down from 75 miles per hour Monday.

It is once again a tropical storm out in the Caribbean Sea.

Florence, which was downgraded to a Category 1 hurricane overnight, officially made landfall near Wrightsville Beach shortly before 7:45 a.m.

Hurricane Warnings are in effect from the South Santee River in SC to Duck, North Carolina.

"According to the IPMA's forecast, it is likely that the western islands [Flores and Corvo] should begin to feel the effects of the storm from Saturday afternoon".

Residents especially those in flood and landslide prone areas are to be vigilant; and small craft operators and sea bathers are advised to exercise caution due to locally rough seas. The Appalachians could see 3 to 6 inches of rain, with isolated areas of 12 inches.

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"It's been an ordeal but we're coming through this fairly well", Arakawa said at a news conference.

That is causing the so called "cone of uncertainty" to expand. Preparedness efforts also include tying up water vessels, removing outdoor furniture and securing objects susceptible to wind and flooding.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 105 miles (165 km) from the centre.

While Hurricane Florence continues barreling toward the Carolina coast, the Caribbean got some good news Wednesday: Isaac appears to be weakening.

In his latest Facebook post, Mr Nolan said that it looks increasingly likely that hurricane Helene will make landfall in Ireland at some point between 14:00 on Monday and 02:00 on Tuesday next.

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.

It was a potentially catastrophic Category 4 storm but was expected to keep drawing energy from the warm water and intensify to near Category 5, which means winds of 157 miles per hour (253 kph) or higher.

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