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Met Office: Isaac now a weak tropical storm

Met Office: Isaac now a weak tropical storm

All eyes are on Hurricane Florence and its path toward the Carolinas, but other hurricanes and tropical storms are brewing as well.

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.

She is now one of a glut of tropical storms in the Atlantic, with Florence sparking mass evacuations as she heads towards landfall in the U.S. states of North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.

September 14 (UPI) Tropical Storm Helene was expected to bring heavy rain and wind to the Azores this weekend, the National Hurricane Center said Saturday. Satellite images show very little left as a recognizable tropical storm.

Carolina coast battening down, boarding up as hurricane nears
The homes of about 10 million were under watches or warnings for the hurricane or tropical storm conditions. "It's a big one", he said at the White House.

Given the lack of deep convection to sustain the cyclone, continual gradual weakening is expected.

"Regardless of development, heavy rainfall and gusty winds are expected across portions of northeastern Mexico, Texas, and Louisiana on Friday and Saturday", the hurricane center said.

The storm is moving northwest at 5 miles per hour and has maximum sustained winds close to 90 miles per hour.

A Hurricane Hunter airplane flew through the remnants of the storm and was unable to find a well-defined center, the hurricane center said in a 5 a.m. Saturday advisory.

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Joyce is centered about 870 miles (1,400 kilometers) southwest of the Azores and is moving southwest at 6 mph (9 kph).

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for. This isn't to say it couldn't be a tropical storm down the road, but given the latest forecast modeling, that's what looks most likely at this point in time.

According to the National Hurricane Center's Tropical Analysis and Forecast Branch, the waves were measured in Hurricane Florence's northeast quadrant.

While a tropical storm watch is in effect for St. Kitts and Nevis, at Pond Hill, Nevis, forecaster Harry W. Hallstrom said, "Isaac is getting ripped apart with wind shear".

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However, it is expected to generate accumulations of rain of between five and seven centimeters in isolated areas of the Lesser Antilles, with a danger of flooding.