Watches Issued As Isaac Closes in on Lesser Antilles

Greg Lawrence
September 15, 2018

The hurricane center is giving the system a 50 percent chance of becoming a tropical depression or storm within the next five days.

Besides Florence, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) is monitoring four other systems now.

"The models indicate it will travel up the west side of the United Kingdom, before crossing Scotland and going out the north of Scotland, but that could change as the storm degrades and changes its habits".

Helene had maximum sustained winds of 70 miles per hour and was moving north at 18 miles per hour. Gradual weakening is forecast during the next few days.

The Barbados Meteorological Services continues to closely monitor the progress of Tropical Storm Isaac over the Atlantic. The storm is expected to slow down and possibly stall near or over the coast on Friday.

The storm is expected to strengthen on Thursday before making landfall late Thursday night or early Friday. It is moving northwest at 15 miles per hour, according to the NHC's update at 11 a.m. Sept 12.

The National Hurricane Center states that these storm surges are highly likely along portions of the coastlines of North Carolina and SC.

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Numerous communities throughout the region have issued either mandatory or voluntary evacuation orders.

'I can't emphasise enough the potential for unbelievable damage from wind, storm surge and inland flooding with this storm'.

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

According to analytics firm CoreLogic, the hurricane could wreak more than $170billion (£130billion) in havoc and damage almost 759,000 homes and businesses.

The storm is now around 530 miles southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, and is moving west-northwest at 17 mph.

While a tropical storm watch is in effect for St. Kitts and Nevis, at Pond Hill, Nevis, forecaster Harry W. Hallstrom said, "Isaac is getting ripped apart with wind shear".

Those looking to get a room were required to provide identification proving they lived in an area endangered by the storm.

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