Published: Sat, September 15, 2018
Research | By Jody Lindsey

TS Isaac less organised; Governments call off Storm Warnings, Watches

TS Isaac less organised; Governments call off Storm Warnings, Watches

While there are no watches or warnings for the Virgin Islands at the present time, there is the potential that some winds of Isaac may affect St. Croix as the storm passes south of the islands on Friday morning.

The National Hurricane Center's official forecast shows that if Helene can hold together, it will impact Ireland and the northern United Kingdom by early this upcoming week. 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.

The Met Office issued a weather warning ahead of Storm Helene's arrival, and said "injuries and danger to life from flying debris are possible".

The National Hurricane Center in Miami says the core of Florence was located at 11 p.m. Friday about 15 miles (20 kilometers) west-northwest of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Forecasts released Friday evening called Isaac's future "unclear", with models uncertain of if vertical wind shear that's been ripping the storm apart potentially backing off, or if Isaac will fully degenerate into a tropical wave. Isaac also has the potential to bring 1-2 inches of rain to portions of St. Croix.

Shelters open across the Carolinas for Hurricane Florence evacuees
More than 80,000 people were already without power as the storm began buffeting the coast, and more than 12,000 were in shelters. Fortunately for House, he says this storm should not be a devastating event for the beach town in terms of loss of life.

Florence is now churning through the Atlantic, only a few hundred miles off the coast of Wilmington, N.C. We have several storms to track in the Atlantic and another one in the Pacific heading towards Hawaii. "Catastrophic flash flooding and prolonged significant river flooding are likely", the Hurricane Center said.

Florence has 130 miles per hour winds, enough to make it a unsafe Category 4 hurricane.

But that hasn't stopped the territory from preparing for the worst. Hurricane watches were in effect on those islands. Earlier forecasts showed that the storm was slated to directly hit around North and SC.

The National Hurricane Center states that these storm surges are highly likely along portions of the coastlines of North Carolina and SC.

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