Coastal communities prepare for Florence and Isaac

Gwen Vasquez
September 14, 2018

At 11 p.m., the center of the storm was 195 miles south-southeast of St. Croix. This general motion is forecast to continue today with a decrease in forward speed as it gets over the Caribbean Sea.

9/12/18 5 a.m. update: Florence is a Category 2 storm with winds of 110 miles per hour.

The storm has become less organized over the eastern Caribbean with the latest advisory, as it continues on a westward path.

The NHC at 11 a.m. on September 12 has issued warnings for Tropical Storm Isaac, which is still moving west about 420 miles east of the island of Martinique. Tropical storm conditions are possible within the tropical storm watch area, also beginning late this morning.

Its warning, in force between 6pm on Monday and midday on Tuesday, said "very strong winds" could pose the risk of "injuries and danger to life" because of flying debris.

Gradual weakening is forecast during the next 48 hours, but Olivia is expected to remain a tropical storm as it moves over the main Hawaiian Islands. The winds of Isaac are not expected to affect the Virgin Islands. Vertical shear is expected to increase and turn more northwesterly during the next 36 hours, and Isaac's structure could degrade further over the next day or two. Florence is expected to slow down as it approaches the Carolina coast over the next several days. The storm is now moving northwest at 15 miles per hour.

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It's a detail that almost got lost among all the wind, rain and storm surge data sent out by the National Hurricane Center on Wednesday. Earlier forecasts showed that the storm was slated to directly hit around North and SC.

Heaviest rain should be in western regions with Ireland, western Scotland, coastal areas of Wales and south-west England.

"Florence is forecast to be an extremely unsafe major hurricane as it approaches the US coast", the NHC said.

Tornadoes: Tornadoes will be possible along and to the right of the track of Florence, especially in South Carolina, Saturday & Sunday.

Hurricane-force winds (74-95 mph) are now extending out up to 70 miles from the center of the storm, and tropical-storm-force winds are being felt as much as 175 miles around the storm.

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