Florence makes landfall near Wrightsville Beach as CAT 1 hurricane strikes coast

15 September, 2018, 14:04 | Author: Harriet Bell
  • TROPICAL UPDATE A lot to track in the Atlantic even the Gulf gets in on the action

Isaac should move farther away from Lesser Antilles today, and then move across the eastern and central Caribbean Sea through the weekend.

Saint Lucia was spared the effects of heavy rainfall associated with Tropical Storm Isaac which was expected to produce 50 mm - 100 mm on the island from September 12 - 14, 2018.

The poorly organized, 45-mph storm is not expected to strengthen but should maintain its tropical storm strength for the next few days.

The Miami-based center says the center of the eye moved ashore with top sustained winds of 90 miles per hour (150 kph), making Florence a Category 1 hurricane in terms of wind intensity.

While Hurricane Florence pounds North Carolina, another tropical storm is on track to reach Britain early next week.

According to the National Hurricane Center's Tropical Analysis and Forecast Branch, the waves were measured in Hurricane Florence's northeast quadrant. Near the coast, the surge will be accompanied by large waves.

Often the greatest threat from a hurricane is the storm surge.

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There is increased fear that Florence "will slow considerably or stall, leading to a prolonged and exceptionally heavy and unsafe rainfall event Friday-Sunday", the NHC said Tuesday.

For people living inland in the Carolinas, the moment of maximum peril from flash flooding could arrive days later, because it takes time for rainwater to drain into rivers and for those streams to crest.

"It has moved in", said Jordan Baker, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service Office in Wilmington.

At 5 p.m. Wednesday, the center of Isaac was about 566 miles southeast of St. Croix.

Helene is among a string of tropical storms brewing in the Atlantic, with mass evacuations under way in southern USA states as Hurricane Florence barrels across Virginia and the Carolinas.

Hurricane Florence has weakened somewhat early Thursday as its outer bands approach the North Carolina coast, but weather officials cautioned that the storm will still bring life-threatening conditions.

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