Met Office Issues Severe Weather Warnings As Hurricane Helene Creeps Closer


The Portuguese government issued a tropical storm warning for all of the Azores Islands. 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.

It's a potentially catastrophic Category 4 storm with 130 miles per hour (215 kph) maximum sustained winds.

The centre of Isaac passed between Martinique and Dominica with maximum sustained winds of about 45 miles per hour. It will continue to move to the west and away from the V.I. during the overnight hours. Expect winds to increase on Saturday to 15-30mph across the entire CSRA, with the 30mph more likely in the northern/eastern areas.

A spokesperson for The Weather Channel said: "The uncertainty in the forecast remains on Tuesday".

Florence, a potentially life-threatening Category 4 hurricane, is on track to make landfall in North Carolina or SC on Thursday (Sept. 13).

Also spinning in the Atlantic are Tropical Storms Helene and Isaac and Subtropical Storm Joyce, while Tropical Depression Olivia and Super Typhoon Mangkhut are making waves in the Pacific.

News 6's Erik Sandoval was live in Wilmington shortly before the storm made landfall. But by Monday Helene is expected to be downgraded to a storm. Tropical storm conditions are possible within the tropical storm watch area, also beginning late this morning.

For anyone hoping that Hurricane Florence will be the only major hurricane of the season, residents of the east coast won't be so lucky.

Another joker said: 'Looks like tropical storm Floyd has penetrated Florence, we will be having a baby shower for the little sprinkle that's due in 9 months'.

And, he added, this particular hurricane is taking a similar path to that of Hurricane Ophelia past year, which he says is extremely unusual for an Atlantic hurricane.

"The deepest water will occur along the immediate coast in areas of onshore winds, where the surge will be accompanied by large and destructive waves", the NHC said.