Hurricane Helene turns northward, no landfall expected

Joyce forms in the Atlantic

"Ever stared down the gaping eye of a Category 4 hurricane?".

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

Winds of 40 mph extend outward up to 80 miles (130 km) from the center, mainly to the northwest. A tropical storm watch was issued for Antigua, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, and Saba and St. Eustatius.

"It's not a zero event".

Tropical Storm Issac was one of four weather systems rolling across the Atlantic Thursday, including the risky category 2 Hurricane Florence, which was packing winds of nearly 100mph as it headed towards the Carolinas on the east coast of the United States.

"It's just extremely busy and it's even busier than a year ago and all at once", Blake said.

With predicted rainfall measured in feet not inches, forecasters say people living along creeks and rivers in the Carolinas should move to higher ground well ahead of the storm's arrival.

"They're all interplaying with one another and it's not a particularly confident scenario", he said.

Hurricane Helene is now churning northeast through the Atlantic Ocean around 655 miles (1,055 km) south-west of the Portuguese Azores with maximum sustained winds of 70mph. Strong winds may continue into Sunday. The forecast was complicated because the storm was still small, allowing it to quickly change. As of Wednesday afternoon, Helene had maximum sustained winds near 90 miles per hour.

The cloud system associated with Isaac remains poorly organized and Saint Lucia fell between the rain bands of Isaac, hence the island has thus far not received the expected rainfall. In South Carolina, local officials reported 300,000 had already evacuated the coast as of Wednesday.

Florence is now 485 miles from Wilmington, North Carolina.

Road and bridges may close, with fallen trees are expected.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) provided the latest update on Hurricane Florence at 8 a.m. on September 12.

The Met Office assured that Tropical Storm Isaac poses no direct threat to Trinidad and Tobago as it continues to move away from the Lesser Antilles.

The NHC said, "A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area within 24 to 36 hours. There will be some rain but at the moment it doesn't look as though that's going to be the issue". "Prepare for long power outages".

The Category 3 storm will near the coast of the Carolinas Friday.

A system in the central Gulf of Mexico was a little less certain.

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