Hurricane Florence, Helene, Isaac in the Atlantic

12 September, 2018, 04:16 | Author: Dwayne Harmon
  • East Coast Braces For Possible Category 4 Hurricane Florence, Tropical Storm Isaac Develops In Atlantic |

A northwestward motion with a decrease in forward speed is expected for Hurricane Helene through late Tuesday.

Two major category 5 hurricanes, Irma and Maria, ploughed through the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean and the United States west coast during 2017's extremely active Atlantic storm season, leaving a trail of destruction in their wake.

A tropical storm watch has been issued from north of the North Carolina-Virginia border to Cape Charles Light, Virginia, and for the Chesapeake Bay south of New Point Comfort. It is over warm water and a favorable upper level environment so rapid strengthening is forecast and Florence is forecast to be a major hurricane Monday morning.

Florence, the most powerful storm to menace the US mainland this year, intensified into a Category 4 hurricane as it howled closer to the Carolinas on Monday, prompting evacuations of more than 1 million people to higher ground.

The category 4 storm is racing up the coast at speeds of 209 kph, likely to enter Canada by the end of the week.

"The bottom line is that there is high confidence that Florence will be a large and extremely unsafe hurricane, regardless of its exact intensity", the hurricane center said.

WILMINGTON - Hurricane Florence is now a Category 4 hurricane, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The Miami-based National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said that Isaac, packing winds of 75 miles per hour (mph) located near latitude 14.7 North, longitude 43.9 West and moving toward the west near 14 mph.

East Coast Braces For Possible Category 4 Hurricane Florence, Tropical Storm Isaac Develops In Atlantic |
Hurricane Florence, Helene, Isaac in the Atlantic

"We expect a rapid intensification of Florence tomorrow", Dennis Feltgen, a spokesman for the National Hurricane Center, said on Sunday. Even if you've ridden out storms before, this one is different.

Hurricane Florence is predicted to slam into the US East Coast as a "major" storm.

Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser declared a state of emergency on Tuesday, but no federal emergency has been declared in the nation's capital.

The governors of North and SC and Virginia declared states of emergency far ahead of the approaching storm. "Don't get complacent just because you live inland!" And with little wind shear to pull the storm apart, Florence's hurricane wind field was expected to expand over the coming days, increasing its storm surge and inland wind threats.

Winds of tropical storm force could reach Puerto Rico Thursday evening.

Hurricane Isaac, much farther out to sea, has become the fifth named hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic season, the hurricane center added. Since reliable record-keeping began more than 150 years ago, North Carolina has been hit by only one Category 4 hurricane: Hazel, with 130 miles per hour winds, in 1954. Not to be forgotten, however, is Tropical Storm Isaac, which has largely slipped by unnoticed further south, but will rake through the Lesser Antilles later this week, and may emerge into the Caribbean Sea, reinvigorated, early next week.

The US Navy said it was sending almost 30 ships from coastal Virginia out of port to ride out the storm.

The agency forecasts the hurricane to essentially move north out into the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.

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