Friday, 16 November, 2018

Met Eireann 'to monitor situation' as Storm Helene approaches

2 p.m. update: Florence within 110 miles of Wilmington Hurricane Helene to affect all Azores islands - IPMA
Edmund Robinson | 15 September, 2018, 14:02

Earlier forecasts showed that the storm was slated to directly hit around North and SC.

Wind gusts as high as 60 miles per hour (96 kph) were recorded in the Myrtle Beach area.

And Hurricane Florence will take aim at the Southeast coast of the United States late this week, likely as a major hurricane.

Florence made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane at 7:15 a.m.at Wrightsville Beach, a few miles east of Wilmington and not far from the SC line, coming ashore along a mostly boarded-up, emptied-out stretch of coastline. "We might leave", she said.

The NHC is estimating that as many as 20 inches of rain could fall in some places along the southern North Carolina coast while bringing in excess of 10 inches of rain in parts of SC.

The country's No. 2 power company said Wednesday that it's anticipating 1 million to 3 million homes and businesses could lose power for lengthy periods, depending on the storm's track.

Hurricane Florence is dumping rain on North Carolina and pushing a storm surge taller than most humans onto communities near the coast.




A southerly wind continues to freshen into the evening, becoming strong to gale in exposed parts of the North and West after dark.

"Wave heights to 83 ft were measured early this morning under the [northeast] quadrant of Hurricane Florence", tweeted the National Hurricane Center. Then Florence is expected to move to the northwest toward Columbia, SC on Saturday, weakening as it does so, before continuing into the SC upstate by Sunday, undergoing further weakening.

At 5 p.m., Isaac was located near 15.4N 56.6W or about 250 miles (400 km) east-north east of Barbados.

It says periods of showers and thunderstorms, which may be very heavy at times, are forecast to affect most parishes. Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 175 miles from the center.

The National Hurricane Center said that the storm is Category 4 in strength.

Also spinning in the Atlantic are Tropical Storms Helene and Isaac and Subtropical Storm Joyce, while Tropical Depression Olivia and Super Typhoon Mangkhut are making waves in the Pacific.

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