Tropical Storm Isaac nearing hurricane strength

10 September, 2018, 08:59 | Author: Edward Snyder
  • Florence expected to regain strength

None of the storms now presents an immediate threat to South Florida, according to the 5 p.m. Sunday advisory from the National Hurricane Center.

The storm's center was 720 miles (1,160 km) southeast of Bermuda at 5 p.m. EDT on Sunday, and on a track to pass between Bermuda and the Bahamas on Wednesday, the NHC said. There is at least a five percent chance of tropical storm-force winds in Northeast Florida, though the storm is predicted to track farther north.

The gravest danger to the US remains Hurricane Florence, which continued its west-northwest crawl toward the southeastern USA coast, packing maximum sustained winds of 85 miles per hour.

This weekend's weather made it clear that we've reached peaked hurricane season - two are churning in the Atlantic while a third is expected by Monday. Advisories warning of unsafe beach conditions or coastal flooding were in effect for parts of New Jersey, Delaware, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. Myrtle Beach Mayor Brenda Bethune urged people to secure their homes but said its too early to know if evacuations will be ordered.

Forecasters predicted it would become a risky Category 4 storm before a possible landfall Friday.

The governors of North and SC and Virginia declared states of emergency to give them time to prepare, and the Navy said ships in Virginia's Hampton Roads area would leave port for their own safety.




The governors of North and SC also declared states of emergency to give them time to prepare. The U.S. Fleet Forces Command said in a news release Saturday that the ships will get ready in anticipation of getting under way Monday to avoid storm damage. The forecast showed Isaac tracking south of Puerto Rico as it strengthened into a hurricane.

Both Tropical Storm Isaac and Tropical Storm Helene are expected to reach hurricane strength later today, but neither are considered potential threats.

Residents of individual zones may be directed by local emergency managers to evacuate along a predetermined path ahead of a storm's landfall.

Previous hurricanes, including Matthew and 1999's Floyd, which drowned large swathes of Eastern North Carolina, brought torrential rain or even stalled out over areas causing massive flooding, bridge and road washouts and long power outages.

Winds from a hurricane can destroy buildings and manufactured homes. Hurricane Helene is expected to get stronger, but stay in the open waters of the Atlantic.

Risky waves produced by a tropical cyclone's strong winds can pose a significant hazard to coastal residents and mariners. A Category 4 storm packs winds of 130 miles per hour (209 kph) or more and has the potential for catastrophic damage.

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