Watches Issued As Isaac Closes in on Lesser Antilles

Cristina Cross
September 15, 2018

Hurricane conditions are expected to reach the Carolinas on Friday, says the National Hurricane Center, but tropical force winds are expected to show up somewhere along the coast late Wednesday or Thursday morning.

Speaking of Florence, by the 5PM update Thursday, Hurricane Florence remains a Category 2 with winds sustained at 105 miles per hour.

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. It will continue to move to the west and away from the V.I. during the overnight hours.

"Stay tuned" was the National Hurricane Center's best advice Friday night.

Meanwhile, the projections for rain are growing, adding to growing concerns about flooding across the two states: Coastal North Carolina now expects 20-30 inches, with isolated areas of 40 inches projected in SC.

We still have great uncertainty with our Hurricane Florence forecast.

The mayor of a SC city in the path of powerful Hurricane Florence is warning citizens to get out or stay "at your own peril". Tropical-storm force winds extend outward to 105 miles from the center. Hurricane Helene was expected to weaken over the eastern Atlantic.

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However, according to the latest projections, the storm might shift slightly to the south and affect Georgia with heavy rain and possible flooding.

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We have seen this unfold before, when out of a very quiet hurricane season develops a rapidly intensifying hurricane that barrels toward the mid-Atlantic U.S. east coast.

Each storm is clearly highlighted on the map and identified with a name, showing that Hurricane Florence is not the only storm looming.

Current estimates have Isaac passing nearly 150 miles south of St. Croix early Friday morning.

"We should be on high alert, concerned about all the people who want to escape the heat through the weekend and go to the beach", Bridges said.

The Portuguese Sea and Atmosphere Institute said "very strong wind from the south with gusts up to 120km/h, heavy rain and waves from the south between 6 and 8m high are expected from Thursday afternoon to Sunday" in Flores and Corvo islands. "Near the coast, the surge will be accompanied by large and destructive waves", the NHC added.

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