Caribbean keeps close eye on progress of Tropical Storm Isaac

Caribbean keeps close eye on progress of Tropical Storm Isaac

Caribbean keeps close eye on progress of Tropical Storm Isaac

The agency forecasts the hurricane to essentially move north out into the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.

At last check, the BWS said Hurricane Florence's closest point of approach to Bermuda within 72 hrs is forecast to be 297 nm to the SSW at 8pm on Tuesday, September 11th.

The GOES-East weather satellite, which keeps a constant eye on the East Coast and the Atlantic, has captured some breathtaking images of Hurricane Florence, Tropical Storm Isaac and Hurricane Helene approaching the Americas (in that order). You can see why there's so much fear spreading now that Florence is being compared to the past hurricane.

Hogan says the declaration of emergency is a planning measure to ensure all necessary resources are mobilized in areas of the state with greatest potential need.

The storm is expected to produce 3 to 5 inches of rain across Martinique, Dominica, and Guadeloupe, with near 10 inches possible in isolated areas, forecasters said.

Sustained winds on Tuesday afternoon approached 105 miles per hour, making it a very strong Category 2 storm, though it was expected to gradually weaken over cooler waters.

"Florence is a unique storm in the path it has taken", Fox News' meteorologist Adam Klotz asid.

The estimate is based on the National Hurricane Center's forecast for Florence's path and wind speeds.

Locally, a coastal flood advisory has been issued for Flagler County until 8 p.m. Friday, and a high rip-current risk will remain in effect for all of the east coast of Central Florida through Friday.

The coastal surge from Florence could leave the eastern tip of North Carolina under more than 9 feet (2.75 meters) of water in spots, projections showed.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) says Hurricane Helene is now located about 375 miles west of the southernmost Cabo Verde Islands.

Two other storms were spinning in the Atlantic. Its maximum sustained winds are at 105 miles per hour (165 kph).

Many newcomers have moved to the coast in the almost 19 years since the last strong hurricane - Floyd - threatened the area.

The Atlantic hurricane season officially begins on June 1, and this year was forecasted to have a slightly above-average number of storms. She said her house, built in 2009 in Buxton, North Carolina, is on a ridge and built to withstand a hurricane. Myrtle Beach Mayor Brenda Bethune urged people to secure their homes but said it was too early to know if evacuations will be ordered. Although Olivia is expected to move over the islands as a tropical storm, it could still bring worse impacts than recent Hurricane Lane to some areas, the center said.

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster said an estimated 1 million people would be fleeing his state's coast, with eastbound Interstate 26 heading into Charleston and US 501 heading into Myrtle Beach reversed to ease the exodus.

Liz Browning Fox was planning to ride out the storm nevertheless on the Outer Banks.

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