Latest Update on Hurricane Helene, Tropical Storm Isaac, Gulf Depression

Mindy Sparks
September 14, 2018

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.

On the forecast track, Isaac is forecast to move across the central Lesser Antilles and into the eastern Caribbean Sea on Thursday, and then move across the eastern and central Caribbean Sea through Saturday.

Gradual weakening is forecast during the next 72 hours.

Rainfall totals of 2 to 4 inches are forecast across southeastern Puerto Rico, while totals of 1 to 2 inches with maximum amounts of 3 inches are possible across the remainder of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Florence, however, continues to threaten the east coast as a fierce storm that could trigger flooding as far south as Georgia.

"Winds are likely to gust to 55-65 miles per hour quite widely in the warning area, with possible gusts of 70-80 miles per hour in exposure".


While a tropical storm watch is in effect for St. Kitts and Nevis, at Pond Hill, Nevis, forecaster Harry W. Hallstrom said, "Isaac is getting ripped apart with wind shear". While Florence is not expected to pose any danger to Britain, remnants of Hurricane Helene are expected to hit the country on Tuesday.

The storm is about 775 miles east of the Lesser Antilles.

"Life-threatening, catastrophic flash flooding and significant river flooding is likely over portions of the Carolinas late this week into early next week, as Florence is expected to slow down as it approaches the coast and moves inland".

"There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect", said the NHC in its 11 a.m. September 12 update. As of Wednesday afternoon, Helene had maximum sustained winds near 90 miles per hour.

Helene is among a glut of tropical storms brewing in the region, with mass evacuations under way in southern USA states as Florence barrels across Virginia and the Carolinas.

There were two other systems in development Wednesday as well. Another system began forming near Hurricane Florence and was forecast at a 20 percent chance of formation over five days.

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