Coastal communities prepare for Florence and Isaac

Joyce Moving West-Southwestward

Isaac became the fifth hurricane of the season late Sunday and was initially expected to strengthen, potentially becoming a Cat 2 storm with 100 miles per hour winds, as it crossed warm ocean waters.

That's as high as an eight-story building.

A hurricane hunter with the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) flew into the category three Hurricane Florence and reported back Wednesday what he was seeing.

The "cone of error" in the forecast track only predicts where the storm's center might go, and even on its edges, winds can push a powerful storm surge into shore dozens of miles from where Florence's eyewall strikes land. Current estimates have Isaac passing nearly 150 miles south of St. Croix early Friday morning.

Helene is one of several major storms in the Atlantic at the moment, with Florence sparking mass evacuations as it heads towards landfall on the east coast of the US.

The most likely arrival time for tropical storm force wind is during the day Friday.

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"Current indications are that (ex-) tropical storm Helene will approach Ireland's south coast during Tuesday". The storm has 45 miles per hour sustained winds with higher-speed gusts.

Isaac is a weakening tropical storm and is expected to be shredded in the coming days and possibly be downgraded to a subtropical system as it meanders through the Caribbean in the next five days.

"We can not stress this enough, Florence poses a very serious threat to people who live far away from the coast", said a National Weather Service tweet late Tuesday.

While a tropical storm watch is in effect for St. Kitts and Nevis, at Pond Hill, Nevis, forecaster Harry W. Hallstrom said, "Isaac is getting ripped apart with wind shear".

The National Hurricane Center said in its 11 a.m. ET advisory that up to 5 inches of rain could fall in Puerto Rico.

The Met Office also say there is a small chance injuries could occur from large waves and beach material being thrown onto sea fronts.

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