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

Severe weather warning issued as Hurricane Helene bears down on Ireland

Top winds for the weather system were about 40 miles per hour Thursday night.

Florence, which was downgraded to a Category 1 hurricane overnight, officially made landfall near Wrightsville Beach shortly before 7:45 a.m.

Tropical Storm Isaac was expected to pass south of Puerto Rico, Hispaniola and Cuba.

The remnants of the storm could even end up bringing some drier conditions to the south west of the UK. The storm, which just days earlier had been a hurricane, weakened significantly as it approached the the Lesser Antilles and passed with little notice in the USVI, stirring some winds and bringing some hit-or-miss showers to the territory but little else. This rainfall may cause unsafe flash flooding, N.H.C. said.

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.

Subtropical Storm Joyce has maximum sustained winds of near 45 miles per hour (75 km/h) with higher gusts.

Hurricane Florence Tracking Toward Carolinas Virginia Watches
While Florence is expected to strengthen as it approaches the Carolina coast, the storm will weaken before it makes landfall. And the storm surge, which could be as much as 12 feet in some areas, will be on top of sea level rise from climate change.

A small-craft warning means in this case that surface winds greater than or equal to 25 knots and seas equal to or greater than 3 metres (10ft) are already affecting or expected to affect the marine area.

Emma Smith, meteorologist with the Exeter-based Met Office, said more details would emerge within the next day over what impact the storm might have.

Chris Landsea, chief of the analysis and forecast branch, told the Associated Press that such waves are entirely possible within the storm, but there's also a chance "radar misinterpreted rain as an 83-foot wave".

Hurricane Florence isn't the only storm threatening lives and property around the world.

At 2 a.m., the storm was centered 625 miles (1,005 km) southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, moving at 17 mph (28 kph).

Residents on the Carolina coast are finding empty gas pumps and depleted store shelves as they flee a potentially devastating blow from Hurricane Florence. There are 5.25 million people under hurricane warnings and watches and another 4.89 million under tropical storm watches and warnings.

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