Gulf system still not expected to develop, but heavy rain is predicted

Florence remains a powerful category four hurricane

Florence remains a powerful category four hurricane

The National Weather Service says more than 10 million residents in three states are under a storm watch or warning because of Hurricane Florence.

The storm was more than 400 miles off the coast Wednesday, and had winds in the 130 mph range, the National Hurricane Center reported.

A small-craft warning means in this case that surface winds greater than or equal to 25 knots and seas equal to or greater than 3 metres (10ft) are already affecting or expected to affect the marine area.

A weather warning for wind has been issued ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Helene in the United Kingdom next week, with injuries and danger to life a possibility. Tropical-storm force winds have been battering the Outer Banks and SE coastal NC for most of the afternoon, but as Hurricane Florence veers closer to the Carolinas coastline, hurricane-force winds are also inching closer to land.

"We're expecting 500-1,000 millimeters in Jacksonville, where the average monthly rainfall is 180-200 mm", Emmanuel Bocrie, forecaster at the Meteo France weather service, told Agence France-Presse.

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Florence "is expected to remain an extremely risky major hurricane through Thursday", the NHC said in a statement. All government services will remain in operation today as Hurricane Florence passes to the south of the island.

Speaking of Florence, by the 5PM update Thursday, Hurricane Florence remains a Category 2 with winds sustained at 105 miles per hour.

"Maximum sustained winds remain near 70 miles per hour with higher gusts".

Although Helene is now a hurricane, it will weaken and be downgraded to a tropical storm by the time it reaches the Azores. Tropical storm conditions are possible within the tropical storm watch area on Thursday. "I can't emphasize enough the potential for unbelievable damage from wind, storm surge and inland flooding with this storm".

For its part, the tropical storm Helene, located southwest of the Portuguese Azores, has tilted its course to the north and must be maintained with a similar course and speed of translation over the waters of the eastern Atlantic. Near the coast, the surge will be accompanied by large waves.

The probable path of Isaac as of Thursday morning. Swells generated by the storm could produce life-threatening surf and rip current conditions. "Interests there should monitor the progress of this system, and refer to products from their local weather office", the NHC warned.

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