Hurricane Helene first of barrage of storms in UK

Hurricane Helene first of barrage of storms in UK

The tropical storm remnants are passing south of the island and moving west across the Caribbean region.

There are 5.25 million people under hurricane warnings and watches and another 4.89 million under tropical storm watches and warnings.

The storm was about 100 miles southeast of Wilmington and had maximum sustained winds of 100 mph, which is slightly weaker than earlier Thursday, the briefing said. Forecasters said some reduction in forward speed was expected over the next few days, followed by a possible turn to the west-northwest late Sunday.

Bands of rain from Tropical Depression Isaac continue to drench the Lesser Antilles.

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The storm remained a Category 2 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 100 miles per hour.

"Isaac has become less organized and is now a weak Tropical Storm".

As of 2 p.m., the slow-moving storm barely had Category 1 hurricane strength and was nearly at a standstill over southeastern North Carolina, according to the Associated Press. "Near the coast, the surge will be accompanied by large and destructive waves", the NHC added. "This rainfall may cause life-threatening flash floods".

There is increased fear that Florence "will slow considerably or stall, leading to a prolonged and exceptionally heavy and risky rainfall event Friday-Sunday", the NHC said Tuesday.

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The National Weather Service says more than 10 million residents in three states are under a storm watch or warning because of Hurricane Florence.

At 9 a.m. the center of the hurricane was about 55 miles (90 kilometers) east of Myrtle Beach.

The turbulent weather is coming off the back of one of number of major storms now raging in the Atlantic, another of which, Hurricane Florence, has caused mass evacuations on the east coast of United States this week.

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.

More news: Florence barreling closer to coast of Carolinas

Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa said he hoped the effects of the storm would be limited.

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