Storm Helene to unleash DAMAGING winds and TROPICAL air next week

Cesar Mills
September 15, 2018

Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 40 miles per hour (65 km/h) with higher gusts.

It is once again a tropical storm out in the Caribbean Sea. However, experts remained unsure midday Wednesday where the storm would make landfall in the Carolinas.

Philippine authorities began evacuating thousands of people Thursday from the path of the typhoon, closing schools, readying bulldozers for landslides and placing rescuers and troops on full alert in the country's north.

Once a powerful Category 4 storm, Florence became a slow-moving Category 1 before it made landfall near Wrightsville, North Carolina, on Friday. The Appalachians could see 3 to 6 inches of rain, with isolated areas of 12 inches.

Meteorology director Jeff Masters at the private Weather Underground says Florence will come "roaring up to the coast Thursday night and say 'I'm not sure I really want to do this, and I'll just take a tour of the coast and decide where I want to go inland'".

The center also warned "catastrophic freshwater flooding expected over portions of North and SC".

Met Eireann has said that it will continue to monitor the situation surrounding the landing of ex-tropical Storm Helene, which is expected to hit Ireland early next week.

That is causing the so called "cone of uncertainty" to expand.

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The storm was expected to head north over the western Carolinas and central Appalachian Mountains early next week, the NHC said. The National Hurricane Center said a gauge in Emerald Isle, North Carolina, reported 6.3 feet (1.92 meters) of inundation.

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Meteorologist Ryan Maue of weathermodels.com said Florence could dump a staggering 18 trillion gallons (68 trillion liters) of rain over a week on North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Maryland.

Hurricane conditions are possible within the hurricane watch area - Guadeloupe, Martinique and Dominica - by Thursday morning, with tropical storm conditions possible early Thursday in both the tropical storm watch area - Antigua, St Kitts and Nevis, and Montserrat - and the hurricane watch areas, the NHC added.

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

Isaac is expected to be near hurricane strength when it moves through the Lesser Antilles, with some weakening forecast afterward on Friday and Saturday.

"The thing that's interesting now is the Pacific is still active, but the Atlantic is very active, which isn't normal", Phil Klotzbach, an atmospheric science researcher at Colorado State University, told NBC News.

Three feet of storm surge moving onto the coastline will result in higher tides and higher water moving onshore.

The water could reach as high as 9 to 13 feet "from Cape Fear to Cape Lookout, including the Neuse, Pamlico, Pungo and Bay Rivers". Near the coast, the surge will be accompanied by large waves.

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