Hurricane Florence Weakened to Category 2 Moves Closer to Shore

15 September, 2018, 05:56 | Author: Kelly Sanders
  • 83-Foot Wave Recorded By Satellite Monitoring Hurricane Florence

"Maximum sustained winds remain near 90 miles per hour (150 km/h) with higher gusts".

At that time, Isaac will be a strong tropical storm with top winds of 60 miles per hour.

It is more likely that Ireland, Scotland and northern England will see winds of 10 to 20mph, and gusts up to 40mph.

The path of Hurricane Florence is still set squarely on the Carolinas, but early Wednesday it shifted south and west, encompassing more of SC and western North Carolina.

The GOES-East weather satellite, which keeps a constant eye on the East Coast and the Atlantic, has captured some breathtaking images of Hurricane Florence, Tropical Storm Isaac and Hurricane Helene approaching the Americas (in that order). "Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles (130 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 195 miles (815 km)".

Forecasters have warned that Storm Helene could pose a danger to life when it bears down on the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland next week.

A turn toward the northeast with a rapid increase in forward motion is forecast to occur over the weekend.


Up to 1.7 million people have been ordered to evacuate across South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia.

Chris Landsea, chief of the analysis and forecast branch, told the Associated Press that such waves are entirely possible within the storm, but there's also a chance "radar misinterpreted rain as an 83-foot wave".

Current estimates have Isaac passing nearly 150 miles south of St. Croix early Friday morning.

Hurricane Florence isn't the only storm threatening lives and property around the world.

Unfortunately, North Carolina is just days away from seeing another Hugo-like landfall with the troubling threat of days of Hurricane Harvey-like flooding long after the system make landfall in the Carolinas.

"Current indications are that (ex-) tropical storm Helene will approach Ireland's south coast during Tuesday". However, the center of Florence could hit as early as Thursday night rather than Friday morning, according to the latest NOAA estimates at the time of this writing.

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