Published: Sat, September 15, 2018
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Isaac Weakens To A Tropical Depression As It Enters Caribbean

Isaac Weakens To A Tropical Depression As It Enters Caribbean

Hurricane Helene is forecast to weaken over the eastern Atlantic Ocean, and interests in the Azores islands should monitor the storm's progress.

There are now four storms swirling in the Atlantic Ocean with the formation of Tropical Storm Joyce.

Hurricane and tropical storm watches have been posted for several Caribbean islands as a weakening Tropical Storm Isaac continues its trek toward the Leeward and Windward Islands.

Bands of rain from Tropical Depression Isaac continue to drench the Lesser Antilles. A tropical storm watch was issued for Antigua, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, and Saba and St. Eustatius.

As of 5 P.M. Wednesday, the "storm of a lifetime" continued to make its way toward the Carolina coast, with max winds of up to 120 miles per hour. Tropical-storm force winds extend outward to 105 miles from the center.

Irish weather authority Met Eireann has said it expects wet and windy weather from Storm Helene to hit the southern coast of the Republic on Tuesday, but does not expect any "severe or damaging weather".

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Meteorologist Ryan Maue of weathermodels.com calculated that Florence could dump a staggering 18 trillion gallons (68 trillion litres) of rain over a week on North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky and Maryland. The upper level winds are light, meaning the storm is likely to maintain intensity, or even strengthen a bit before making landfall.

Gargantuan waves towering up to 83 feet were crashing within Hurricane Florence's sprawling reach early Wednesday as the Category 4 monster continued its ominous advance on the East Coast, experts said.

The agency is also monitoring a tropical disturbance that has a 60 percent chance of forming a tropical storm.

Some of the models show Isaac degenerating into a trough of low pressure in five days.

Since then, Isaac has meandered in the Caribbean Sea and, as a depression, lashed the Lesser Antilles Friday morning with rain squalls and 35 miles per hour winds.

Currently, the best chances for rain and wind in our area would be Sunday afternoon or Monday, according to NWS officials.

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