Saturday, 22 September, 2018

Florence, a wet and unwanted visitor, besieges Carolinas

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Cary Marshall | 15 September, 2018, 17:45

Saint Lucia was spared the effects of heavy rainfall associated with Tropical Storm Isaac which was expected to produce 50 mm - 100 mm on the island from September 12 - 14, 2018.

With Hurricane Florence, numerous coastline will see water levels from the storm surge rise over 3 feet, with some families seeing over 9 feet of water near their homes. The storm surge, major flooding, and damaging winds extending well beyond the center of the storm could cause major damage to coastal communities.

Tropical Storm Watches were also discontinued for St. Maarten, St. Martin, Saba and Eustatius. As Tropical Storm Helene to the east-northeast of Joyce moves away, Joyce is expected to turn northeastward with an increase in forward speed during the next 24 h, followed by an eastward turn after 48 h. "Gradual weakening is forecast over the next couple of days, and Helene is expected to become a tropical storm on Thursday".

"Remnants of that system could bring wet weather across western parts of the United Kingdom on Tuesday and we still need to keep an eye on it". It was moving north at 21 miles per hour.

After reaching a terrifying Category 4 peak of 140 mph (225 kph) earlier in the week, Florence made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane at 7:15 a.m.at Wrightsville Beach, a few miles (kilometers) east of Wilmington and not far from the SC line.

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Officials have confirmed four deaths in North Carolina as a result of Hurricane Florence.

But that hasn't stopped the territory from preparing for the worst.

And the Miami-based National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said interests elsewhere in the Leeward Islands should monitor the storm's progress as additional watches could be issued this afternoon or evening.

Forecasters say it is especially risky after dark because people trying to escape may not realize how deep flood water is on roads.

Storm surges are one of a hurricane's most unsafe effects.

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