Hurricanes Isaac and Florence continue to pose problems for Caribbean countries

15 September, 2018, 23:35 | Author: Emmett Howard
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The storm would be expected to die out by Wednesday, Ms Smith said.

"The wind was so hard, the waters were so hard, that trying to get out we got thrown into trailers".

Helene is a category 1 hurricane and one of four active storms in the Atlantic as the hurricane season reaches its peak.

Hurricane Warnings are in effect from the South Santee River in SC to Duck, North 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. Based on the current forecast track, the North Carolina coast is most susceptible to a direct strike while impacts are to extend far from the center.

As of 8 a.m., the hurricane is predicted to make landfall along the coast of the Carolinas tomorrow (Sept. 14), according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Hurricane Center. As Tropical Storm Helene to the east-northeast of Joyce moves away, Joyce is expected to turn northeastward with an increase in forward speed during the next 24 h, followed by an eastward turn after 48 h.

Northam declares state of emergency ahead of Tropical Storm Florence
And it would be the first major hurricane (Category 3 or higher) to hit the East Coast since Jeanne, which struck Florida in 2004. Hurricane Hazel came ashore at the South Carolina-North Carolina state line with winds of 130 miles per hour (209 kph) in 1954.

"We do not anticipate experiencing any tropical storm or hurricane force winds, but we could experience rain and will be placed under a flash flood watch", said Governor Kenneth Mapp in a release issued late Thursday.

At 11 a.m. Saturday, Florence was centered about 40 miles (65 kilometers) west of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, moving west at 2 mph (4 kph), not even as fast as a person can walk. "Some wind, no rain and rising sun".

For Coweta County, this could mean heavy downpours, flooding, gusty winds and isolated tornadoes.

On Friday, coastal streets in the Carolinas flowed with frothy ocean water, and pieces of torn-apart buildings flew through the air. "We got thrown into mailboxes, houses, trees", said Holt, who had stayed at home because of a doctor's appointment that was later cancelled.

Recent Category 5s include Hurricane Irma, which battered the Caribbean and the southern United States in September 2017.

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