Tropical Storm Isaac Moves Closer To Lesser Antilles

The forecast track for Tropical Storm Isaac at 11 a.m

It's about the water, not the wind, with Hurricane Florence making an extended stay along the North Carolina coast.

Wind speeds are kicking up far from the coast in central SC as Hurricane Florence slowly makes its way along the coast. Damaging winds, floods, high surf and storm surge are still possible.

Florence, which was downgraded to a Category 1 hurricane overnight, officially made landfall near Wrightsville Beach shortly before 7:45 a.m. It continues to move westward at 17 miles per hour. "Interests elsewhere in the Leeward Islands should monitor the progress of Isaac".

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

And, if you're already out of Florence's way but want to help, here's how.

The city of Jacksonville's statement says people have been moved to the city's public safety center as officials work to find a more permanent shelter.

"This general motion, accompanied by a gradual decrease in forward speed, is expected through today".

Forecasters warned that drenching rains of anywhere from 1 to 3½ feet as the storm crawls westward across North and SC could trigger epic flooding well inland over the next few days. "Storm surge is the main cause of the death and destruction associated with hurricanes", NBC News explained after Hurricane Ike hit Texas.

A National Weather Service forecaster in Wilmington, North Carolina, said: 'This will likely be the storm of a lifetime for portions of the Carolina coast.

Tropical Storm Joyce formed late on Thursday and is never expected to affect land.

Another commenter said: 'That hurricane better be taking me to dinner first'. Little change in strength is expected over the next several hours.

Although Helene is now a hurricane, it will weaken and be downgraded to a tropical storm by the time it reaches the Azores.

The first large power outage in the Wilmington area also occurred Thursday morning, with the Duke outage map showing almost 1,400 customers in the Acme-Delco area of Columbus County and northwest Brunswick County without power. Nonetheless Helene is bringing with her very strong wind with gusts up to 120km/h, heavy rain and waves of between 6 and 8m high on some islands.

Met Office meteorologist Alan Deakin said: "Hurricane Helene may influence things in combination with an area of low pressure over the coming days". "We're about to be in the thick of it".

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

At 11 a.m., the center of the system was about 190 miles east-southeast of Kingston, Jamaica.

While a third added: 'Looks like a hard pounding... they are really going more than a few inches. "It's something we haven't seen. ever". This rainfall may cause unsafe flash flooding, N.H.C. said.

Met Office spokesman Grahame Madge said the level-one yellow alert could be upgraded depending on the extremity of the storm.

Met Office forecasters have issued a severe weather warning for Monday, September 17 from 6pm until 12pm on Tuesday, September 18 as Storm Helene sweeps across the nation. "Significant river flooding is expected as a result of excessive rainfall across area hydrologic basins".

Rainfall totals of 1 to 2 inches with maximum amounts of 3 inches are possible across the remainder of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Leeward Islands, and the northern Windward Islands.

"This is a life-threatening situation".

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