Storm Helene to bring wet and windy weather to Ireland

15 September, 2018, 09:56 | Author: Patty Aguilar
  • The forecast track for Tropical Storm Isaac at 11 a.m

The current forecast is that "Storm Helene" or "ex-Tropical Storm Helene" will be to the south of Ireland on Monday night (September 17).

Hurricane Florence made landfall early Friday morning, prompting the National Hurricane Center to issue storm surge warnings for both Carolinas.

The storm is located about 1,350 miles south-southwest of the Azores, and it is moving north-northwest at 14 mph.

"But it could have a positive effect on eastern parts because it could also bring tropical air".

A wind gust at the Wilmington airport was clocked at 105 miles per hour (nearly 170 kph), the highest since Hurricane Helene in 1958.

It's now expected to continue weakening and dissipate in five days.

NOAA satellite photo taken at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday shows Tropical Storm Isaac, right, on the doorstep of the Antilles, while Hurricane Florence, a Category 4 storm, takes aim at the USA east coast.

WIND: Tropical storm conditions are expected on Martinique, Dominica, and Guadeloupe by tonight or early Thursday.

The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service said Tropical Storm Isaac is moving away from Lesser Antilles and eastward into the Caribbean Sea. Some regions are expected to receive more than 20 inches of rain from the hurricane and its giant knot of storm clouds.


Interests elsewhere in the Leeward Islands should monitor the progress of Isaac. Yet even with this months 3 hurricanes, this season seen lower average activity with just 9 named storms.

According to the National Hurricane Center, a burst of deep convection developed Thursday and covered the previously exposed center of Isaac Thursday evening, but there was evidence of northwesterly shear over the cyclone, causing some of the cloud cover to quickly blow off toward the southeast.

It's a detail that almost got lost among all the wind, rain and storm surge data sent out by the National Hurricane Center on Wednesday.

The Met Office in the United Kingdom said Helene could also hit the south-western corners of the United Kingdom, with south Wales and the Cornish peninsula expected to bear the brunt of any storm-like weather. Expect winds to increase on Saturday to 15-30mph across the entire CSRA, with the 30mph more likely in the northern/eastern areas.

Hurricane Florence continues to barrel towards the East Coast impacting people and property by late this week. Mandatory evacuations have been issued for much of the SC and North Carolina coastline.

The storm is now around 530 miles southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, and is moving west-northwest at 17 mph.

There is increased fear that Florence "will slow considerably or stall, leading to a prolonged and exceptionally heavy and unsafe rainfall event Friday-Sunday", the NHC said Tuesday.

"Cloudiness and showers associated with a trough of low pressure over the south-central Gulf of Mexico have decreased since yesterday and the Air Force reconnaissance plane scheduled to investigate the system for today will likely be canceled", said the NHC on September 12.

A smaller hurricane dubbed Isaac is reportedly heading for the Caribbean, while Hurricane Helene - now also in the Atlantic - is forecast to track towards the UK.

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