Severe weather predicted as powerful Atlantic storm heads for Ireland

Storm Helene Lurking

Storm Helene Lurking

The warning reads: "Storm Helene is expected to bring a period of very strong winds to western parts of the United Kingdom late Monday and for a time on Tuesday". Although Olivia is expected to move over the islands as a tropical storm, it could still bring worse impacts than recent Hurricane Lane to some areas, the center said.

It is once again a tropical storm out in the Caribbean Sea. Here's how it breaks down: Expect a breezy and mostly dry day Friday, with increasing winds up to 20mph.

In its latest advisory, the US Hurricane Center placed Helene about 760 miles off the Azores and calculated the maximum sustained wind speed at 65mph. There are 5.25 million people under hurricane warnings and watches and another 4.89 million under tropical storm watches and warnings.

Interests elsewhere in the Leeward Islands should monitor the progress of Isaac. Of course, the size and strength of the storm surge depends on the size and strength of the hurricane-but Hurricane Florence is absolutely massive, and its storm surge is likely to be on the same scale.

Florence is now 485 miles from Wilmington, North Carolina.

The National Hurricane Center issues new updates at 8 AM, 11 AM, 2 PM, 5 PM, 8 PM, 11 PM, 2 AM, and 5 AM.

With Hurricane Florence, numerous coastline will see water levels from the storm surge rise over 3 feet, with some families seeing over 9 feet of water near their homes.

As the storm continues toward Southeastern North Carolina, it will bring life-threatening storm surges, flooding and risky waves to the coast, the briefing said. Nevertheless, a Flood Watch was issued late this morning, as cloudy skies loomed and heavy rains drenched some areas.

A remarkable satellite image shows Hurricane Florence in the Atlantic is one of just nine potentially risky storms now circling around the world.

President Donald Trump declared states of emergency for North and SC and Virginia, opening the way for federal aid.

The powerful storm already has inundated coastal streets with ocean water and left tens of thousands without power, and forecasters say that "catastrophic" freshwater flooding is expected over portions of the Carolinas as Hurricane Florence inches closer to the East Coast.

At 2 a.m., the storm was centered 625 miles (1,005 km) southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, moving at 17 mph (28 kph).

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