Storm Helene due to batter the southwest

Doug Carpenter
September 15, 2018

Rainfall also is swelling waterways: Meteorologist Ryan Maue of weathermodels.com calculated that 34 million people in the US are forecast to get at least 3 inches of rain from Hurricane Florence, with more than 5.7 million people probably getting at least a foot of rain.

All eyes are on Hurricane Florence and its path toward the Carolinas, but other hurricanes and tropical storms are brewing as well.

A satellite altimeter under the northeast quadrant, the strongest area of the storm, recorded the wave.

Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 40 miles per hour (65 km/h) with higher gusts.

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. The upper level winds are light, meaning the storm is likely to maintain intensity, or even strengthen a bit before making landfall.


The remnants of the storm could even end up bringing some drier conditions to the south west of the UK. Flash flooding is possible over low-lying and flood-prone areas. Tonight, we see some areas of patchy fog with temperatures slipping to near 60.

In Jacksonville, North Carolina, next to Camp Lejeune, firefighters and police fought wind and rain as they went door-to-door to pull dozens of people out of the Triangle Motor Inn after the structure began to crumble and the roof started to collapse.

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

That is causing the so called "cone of uncertainty" to expand.

"It is imperative that everyone follow local evacuation orders", President Trump tweeted Wednesday, along with a satellite video of the mammoth storm swirling through the Atlantic.


NOAA's National Hurricane Center issued a Public Advisory at 5 a.m.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) provided the latest update on Hurricane Florence at 8 a.m. on September 12.

North Carolina alone is forecast to get 9.6 trillion gallons (36 trillion liters), enough to cover the Tar Heel state to a depth of about 10 inches (25 centimeters).

Hurricane Florence has weakened somewhat early Thursday as its outer bands approach the North Carolina coast, but weather officials cautioned that the storm will still bring life-threatening conditions.

Water could reach as high as 4 feet from Edisto Beach to the South Santee River. Near the coast, the surge will be accompanied by large waves.


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