Published: Sat, September 15, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Cumbria braced for Hurricane Helene which could cause 'danger to life'

Cumbria braced for Hurricane Helene which could cause 'danger to life'

That storm, which has maximum winds of up to 255 km/h (equivalent to a Category 5 hurricane), was believed to be putting over four million people at risk.

Subtropical Storm Joyce is located 945 miles west-southwest of the Azores and is moving to the southwest at 6 mph (9 km/h).

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

Irish weather authority Met Eireann has said it expects wet and windy weather from Storm Helene to hit the southern coast of the Republic on Tuesday, but does not expect any "severe or damaging weather".

Forecasters have warned of life-threatening storm surges, catastrophic flooding, damaging winds, and unsafe rip currents along the coastlines of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. Little change in strength is expected during the next 48 hours. A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area. "Intermittent rain bands are expected on St. Croix as Isaac passes south of the big island". Although the storm is expected to weaken, it has followed a wavering path and could still pose a threat to Cayman early next week. In coastal North Carolina, this could be 20 to 30 inches, isolated up to 40 inches in some areas, which could lead to catastrophic flooding. It is moving northwest at 15 miles per hour, according to the NHC's update at 11 a.m. Sept 12. "We're still going to have a Category 4 storm surge". Mandatory evacuations have been issued for much of the SC and North Carolina coastline.

Well, mostly those living in the south coast of the country. Many areas in the low-lying city flood with routine rain storms, causing street closures and detours.

According to the NHC 11 p.m. Tuesday update, Tropical Storm Isaac's center is "outrunning" the deep convection by about a degree due to strengthening westerly shear.

Hurricane Florence made landfall Friday morning in North Carolina. While early on Wednesday the odds of it forming dropped, by afternoon forecasters had again increased the chance to 70 percent over two days. This general motion, accompanied by a further decrease in forward speed, is expected to continue through today.

Current guidance suggests the potential for warning level winds and perhaps rain with the system.

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