5 a.m. update: Hurricane Florence continues to approach Southeast coast

Sep 17, 2018, 00:56
5 a.m. update: Hurricane Florence continues to approach Southeast coast

Joyce is about 1,040 miles (1,670 km) west-southwest of the Azores, with maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour (65 kph), it added. One system, moving toward Texas in the Gulf Coast, was forecast at a 70 percent chance of cyclone formation over the next 48 hours.

Surf swells from Isaac could be life-threatening and coastal flooding is a risk in the Lesser Antilles.

The storm was more than 400 miles off the coast Wednesday, and had winds in the 130 mph range, the National Hurricane Center reported.

A turn to the west-northwest is possible early next week if Isaac survives.

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We'll continue to monitor Florence, but as far as our weather is concerned, all of the storm is expected to stay south of our region through the weekend.

Tropical Storm Florence trudged inland on Saturday, flooding rivers and towns, toppling trees and cutting power to almost a million homes and businesses as it dumped huge amounts of rain on North and SC, where five people have died.

Although Florence was downgraded from Category 4 status, it is still considered an extremely unsafe storm with maximum sustained winds near 125 miles per hour.

However, forecasters say Isaac is expected to produce additional rainfall of 2 to 3 inches with isolated maximum totals of up to 5 inches across southeast Puerto Rico. "Although Isaac is forecast to begin weakening when it approaches the Lesser Antilles, it is still expected to be at or near hurricane intensity when it reaches the islands".

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"At this time, Tropical Storm Isaac is not considered an imminent threat to the Cayman Islands but that could change", said Tara Rivers, Minister responsible for HMCI.

The estimated minimum central pressure is 949 mb (28.03 inches).

All tropical lows are formed the same way, but once a hurricane crosses the International Date Line in the Pacific Ocean it becomes a Typhoon.

Residents especially those in flood and landslide prone areas are to be vigilant; and small craft operators and sea bathers are advised to exercise caution due to locally rough seas.

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