Hurricane Helene heading towards the United Kingdom, bringing chances of gale force winds

Mindy Sparks
September 15, 2018

Some forecasting models say that the storm could dump as many as 35 inches of rain in some areas.

While now classified as a hurricane, Helene will be downgraded to a storm by the time it reaches the shores of Northern Ireland.

Meanwhile, Helene is heading north towards the British Isles at around 14mph and sub-tropical storm Joyce was some 945 miles WSW of the Azores drifting southwest.

"Just because we have a landfall to the south doesn't mean your out of the woods because the wind around this storm is huge", National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham said Wednesday morning.

There are now four storms swirling in the Atlantic Ocean with the formation of Tropical Storm Joyce.

At 11 a.m., the storm was located about 520 miles east of Myrtle Beach, S.C., moving northwest at 15 mph with 130 sustained winds, forecasters said. And the timing couldn't be more apt: Monday was the peak of the Atlantic hurricane season, when storm activity has historically been at its highest. Isaac should move farther away from Lesser Antilles today, and then move across the eastern and central Caribbean Sea through the weekend. Little change in strength is expected over the next several hours.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 105 miles (165 km) from the centre.

"Remnants of that system could bring wet weather across western parts of the United Kingdom on Tuesday and we still need to keep an eye on it". "Prepare for long power outages".


The outer bands of Hurricane Florence have reached Wilmington, with weather officials saying the storm will bring unprecedented rain to the region.

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Power outages were reported across Puerto Rico Friday morning as Tropical Depression Isaac dropped rain across the US territory.

To put the rain in perspective, Wilmington's three-day rainfall record was 19.66 inches set in 2010, said Jordan Baker, a meteorologist with the NWS Wilmington office.

STORM SURGE: Some coastal flooding is possible in areas of onshore winds.

"It doesn't matter where you are", he said. Flash flooding is going to be a big issue soon - certainly catastrophic.

Helene is one of three major storms now swirling in the Atlantic.

RAINFALL: Isaac is expected to produce total rainfall accumulations of 2 to 4 inches with isolated amounts up to 8 inches across Martinique, Dominica, and Guadeloupe, with up to one inch anticipated across the remaining Windward and Leeward Islands.

"This is a life-threatening situation".

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