The Impact Of Hurricane Florence

Hurricanes Florence Isaac and Helene moving through the Atlantic

Hurricanes Florence Isaac and Helene moving through the Atlantic

Isaac, with winds of 50 miles per hour, had weakened as it tracked westward toward the Caribbean, according to the National Hurricane Center, and may not survive beyond the next few days. The storm had also picked up considerable speed and was racing west at 21 miles per hour toward the Lesser Antilles. No coastal watches or warnings were in effect.

Latest weather prediction models from the National Hurricane Centre (NHC) show the tail end of Helene could start affecting south-west England as early as Monday afternoon. "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".

"Florence is forecast to be an extremely unsafe major hurricane as it approaches the US coast", the NHC said.

THROUGHOUT the summer months and into the autumn, news coverage across the world depicts scenes of devastation and destruction caused by strong tropical storms. Warmer ocean temperatures drive greater storm activity.

Florence is now 485 miles from Wilmington, North Carolina.

Tropical storm warnings were issued for Martinique, Dominica, and Guadeloupe.

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On Wednesday morning, a National Weather Service satellite monitoring the storm recorded waves reaching heights of 83 feet-or the equivalent of an eight-story building.

The storm is tracking to the west at 16 miles per hour.

If the current atmospheric conditions persist - a layer of dry air and changing wind in the height - Isaac will weaken, becoming a tropical depression, and turning his course towards the south, without representing danger for Cuba. Earlier forecasts showed that the storm was slated to directly hit around North and SC. This general motion is forecast to continue today with a decrease in forward speed as it gets over the Caribbean Sea.

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.

Meteorologists are also keeping an eye on yet another tropical disturbance that's spinning in the western Gulf of Mexico.

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