Hurricane Helene to affect all Azores islands - IPMA

Tropical Storm Isaac is expected to produce up to 4 inches of rain, with isolated amounts up to 6 inches, across Martinique, Dominica, and Guadeloupe, especially over elevated terrain.

A Tropical Storm Watch which had been issued for St. Kitts and Nevis, Montserrat, Barbuda and Antigua was also expected to be discontinued by Thursday evening.

Its center was located near latitude 14.9 North, longitude 67.3 West.

The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service said Tropical Storm Isaac is moving away from Lesser Antilles and eastward into the Caribbean Sea. It is expected to accelerate over the next 36 hours. Now a major hurricane with winds of 115 miles an hour and increasing, the National Hurricane Center says Florence's forecast track will take the system over the southwestern Atlantic Ocean between Bermuda and the Bahamas Tuesday and Wednesday, and Florence will approach the coast of SC or North Carolina on Thursday. That would make five named storms traversing the Atlantic simultaneously, for the first time on record. Current estimates have Isaac passing nearly 150 miles south of St. Croix early Friday morning.

Given the lack of deep convection to sustain the cyclone, continual gradual weakening is expected. Maximum sustained winds are near 35 miles per hour (55 km/h) with higher gusts.

"Just because we have a landfall to the south doesn't mean your out of the woods because the wind around this storm is huge", National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham said Wednesday morning.

As of Tuesday, about 1.7 million people in North and SC and in Virginia have been urged to evacuate the coast, and hurricane watches and warnings extended across an area with about 5.4 million residents.

The CoreLogic storm specialists said flash flooding is the greatest danger to people in affected areas, followed by storm surge second and wind damage. Near the coast, the surge will be accompanied by large waves.


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