83-foot wave measured by satellite as Hurricane Florence approaches

Theresa Obrien
September 14, 2018

Hurricane Florence, the Category 2 storm heading straight for my parents' SC house, has the country on high alert.

Over in the Pacific, this storm is still moving toward Hawaii, where tropical storm warnings and watches have been issued, the hurricane center said.

Ocala and Gainesville have a 5 percent chance of receiving tropical storm force wind and areas from about Lake City to Jacksonville have a 10 percent chance, National Hurricane Weather Service officials said.

"Current indications are that (ex-) tropical storm Helene will approach Ireland's south coast during Tuesday". "This storm is extremely risky".

According to the National Hurricane Center's 11 p.m. Tuesday update, Isaac has weakened somewhat in the previous 24 hours and is now expected to enter the Caribbean Thursday evening as a tropical storm, rather than a hurricane.

There is the potential for damaging winds with gusts up to 70mph possible, with sustained winds of 30 to 40mph. A NOAA hurricane hunter aircraft will soon fly through the centre of Isaac, and will provide a better assessment of the intensity of the tropical storm and the extent of its winds.

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Emma Smith of the Met Office added: "Helene is moving up from the Atlantic towards us".

From the Ocracoke Inlet to the North Carolina-Virginia border and from the South Santee River to North Myrtle Beach, the NHC forecast that water could rise as high as 6 feet. The storm is moving toward the southwest near 6 miles per hour (9 km/h). Philippine authorities began evacuating thousands of people Thursday from the path of the typhoon, closing schools, readying bulldozers for landslides and placing rescuers and troops on full alert in the country's north.

Residents on the Carolina coast are finding empty gas pumps and depleted store shelves as they flee a potentially devastating blow from Hurricane Florence.

The government of France has issued a Hurricane Watch for Guadeloupe and Martinique.

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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