Met Office 'danger to life' warning as winds to hit Northern Ireland

Aaron Brown
September 15, 2018

Forecasters say the center of Florence will move over the southwestern Atlantic Ocean between Bermuda and the Bahamas on Wednesday, and approach the coast of the Carolinas in the hurricane warning area on Thursday and Friday.

Meanwhile, the US National Hurricane Centre said Hurricane Helene may be downgraded to a tropical storm.

At 5 a.m. EDT (0900 UTC), the center of Tropical Depression Isaac was located near latitude 15.0 degrees north and longitude 65.5 degrees west.

In addition to hurricane-force winds, Florence was forecast to produce large swells and life-threatening rip currents from the U.S. East Coast to Bermuda.

The National Hurricane Center noted the following at 11 a.m.: "Florence is moving toward the northwest near 10 miles per hour (17 km/h)".

Met Office meteorologist Alan Deakin said: "Hurricane Helene may influence things in combination with an area of low pressure over the coming days".

No coastal watches or warnings were in effect as of Monday morning. Hurricane Helene was expected to weaken over the eastern Atlantic. Tropical Storm Isaac was expected to pass south of Puerto Rico, Hispaniola and Cuba.

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.

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Often the greatest threat from a hurricane is the storm surge.

Hurricane Watch: An announcement that sustained winds of 74 miles per hour or higher are possible within the specified area in association with a tropical cyclone.

There is the potential for damaging winds with gusts up to 70mph possible, with sustained winds of 30 to 40mph.

The storm is tracking to the west at 16 miles per hour.

It is predicted the Carolinas could begin feeling tropical storm force winds early Thursday.

Fox News reported that sustained winds were picking up a bit along the North Carolina coast. Coastal areas in both Carolinas have taken steps to evacuate residents and tourists, including a mandatory evacuation in SC. This general motion, accompanied by a further decrease in forward speed, is expected to continue through today.

The agency is also monitoring a tropical disturbance that has a 60 percent chance of forming a tropical storm.

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