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Hurricane Helene has Britain in its sights

Hurricane Helene has Britain in its sights

A spokesperson for Met Eireann said that the downgraded hurricane will likely reach Ireland by Tuesday.

"These enormous waves are produced by being trapped along with very strong winds moving in the same direction (as) the storm's motion", explained a tweet sent by the analysis branch. The center's Tropical Analysis and Forecast Branch is tweeting about the phenomenon. The primary concern in the short term is Hurricane Florence.

It added that maximum sustained winds were near 75 miles per hour with higher gusts.

Isaac, along with Florence, Helene and two other systems increasingly likely to form, have set a hectic pace for the Atlantic - even busier than a year ago when Harvey, Isaac and Maria made landfall within three weeks of each other. "Gradual weakening is forecast over the next couple of days, and Helene is expected to become a tropical storm on Thursday".

This enhanced satellite image shows Hurricane Florence, third from right, in the Atlantic Ocean on Sunday, with Isaac and Helene behind.

"It's just not anywhere near a level of Maria", forecaster Eric Blake said.

A hurricane hunter with the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) flew into the category three Hurricane Florence and reported back Wednesday what he was seeing.

At 11 a.m., the center of the system was about 190 miles east-southeast of Kingston, Jamaica. Current estimates have Isaac passing nearly 150 miles south of St. Croix early Friday morning.

Meteorologists say there haven't been four named storms simultaneously spinning in the Atlantic Basin since 2008. That funding can not be spent on disaster response, they said.

With the ground already saturated from recent rain, another drenching from Florence combined with winds could easily lead to trees being uprooted and widespread power outages, he said. "Heed those warnings and evacuate if you're in one of the zones". "It's been an ordeal but we're coming through this fairly well", Arakawa said at a news conference.

Any shift farther to the south in the track would increase rainfall totals across the area, and increase the threat for tornadoes.

The path of Hurricane Florence is still set squarely on the Carolinas, but early Wednesday it shifted south and west, encompassing more of SC and western North Carolina.

Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg told CNN on Wednesday that the almost 135,000 residents of his historic coastal city should leave now before the storm arrives later in the week.

"The rain's going to be around for a long time", he said.

This rainfall may cause life-threatening flash flooding.

Florence is now 485 miles from Wilmington, North Carolina.

That's saying a lot, given the impacts from Hurricanes Diana, Hugo, Fran, Bonnie, Floyd, and Matthew.

Storms that head through the Caribbean at this time of year have the potential to be steered north toward the United States.

The "probable" forecast path for Florence, a Category 4 hurricane, showed the storm shifting further toward the southern North Carolina coast and the northern half of the SC coast, with the forecast cone stretching into Georgia, western North Carolina and Tennessee, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Less rain is predicted for St. Thomas, St. John and Water Island.

Hurricane Florence is the biggest concern as it is a day or so away from making catastrophic landfall along the Southeastern US Coast. It is still a Category 4 storm with winds of 130 miles per hour.

President Donald Trump declared states of emergency for North and SC and Virginia, opening the way for federal aid.

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.

The implications of a major landfalling hurricane are devastating.

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