Storm Helene: Met Office issues 'yellow' alert in Wales

TROPICAL UPDATE A lot to track in the Atlantic even the Gulf gets in on the action

TROPICAL UPDATE A lot to track in the Atlantic even the Gulf gets in on the action

Hurricane Florence is dumping rain on North Carolina and pushing a storm surge taller than most humans onto communities near the coast.

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

Hurricane Helene is forecast to weaken over the eastern Atlantic Ocean, and interests in the Azores islands should monitor the storm's progress. "We should also continue to keep our brothers and sisters located in the Carolinas in our thoughts and prayers as Hurricane Florence approaches their area".

The enormous waves were recorded in the northeast quadrant of the hurricane, which is the strongest area of the storm.

A spokesperson for Met Eireann said that the downgraded hurricane will likely reach Ireland by Tuesday. Florence has 130 miles per hour winds, enough to make it a unsafe Category 4 hurricane.

Top winds for the weather system were about 40 miles per hour Thursday night.

"A storm surge of 2 to 4 feet above normal tide levels is possible near and to the north of where the centre moves through the Lesser Antilles".

The flooding soon spread into SC, swamping places like North Myrtle Beach, in a resort area known for its white sands and multitude of golf courses. Tonight, we see some areas of patchy fog with temperatures slipping to near 60.

The National Hurricane Center said Wednesday that Subtropical Storm Joyce has formed in the north Atlantic, but is not now a threat to land. "Heavy and long-lasting rainfall could lead to catastrophic flooding in inland parts of North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia".

That is causing the so called "cone of uncertainty" to expand.

Numerous communities throughout the region have issued either mandatory or voluntary evacuation orders.

Wind speeds are expected to hit 55-65mph, with maximums of 70-80mph.

There is the potential for damaging winds with gusts up to 70mph possible, with sustained winds of 30 to 40mph.

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