Tropical Storm Florence churns towards U.S. coast

Remigio Civitarese
Settembre 16, 2018

12 is it moved closer to the Caribbean.

"Isaac has become less organized and is now a weak Tropical Storm".

Subtropical Storm Joyce has maximum sustained winds of near 45 miles per hour (75 km/h) with higher gusts.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Montserrat, St Kitts, Nevis, Saba and St Eustatius. Tropical-storm force winds extend outward to 105 miles from the center.

Interestingly, the Atlantic Ocean housed three hurricanes at the same time, that before Tropical Storm Isaac being downgraded from its former hurricane status.

The public is encouraged to continue monitoring the Met Office via its social media accounts and website at www.metoffice.gov.tt for updates.

At 8 a.m., the center of the storm was 25 miles east of Dominica. Vertical shear is expected to increase and turn more northwesterly during the next 36 hours, and Isaac's structure could degrade further over the next day or two. The hurricane center is giving the system a 50 percent chance of becoming a tropical depression or storm within the next five days. "As we enter the more active phase of the hurricane season residents should have their hurricane preparedness plans well established and in place, and be ready to complete final arrangements such as shuttering and moving to safe shelter if necessary". Regardless of strength at landfall, the storm will produce days of rainfall, flooding and storm surge as it slows to a crawl and batters the area through the weekend. "I can't emphasize enough the potential for unbelievable damage from wind, storm surge and inland flooding with this storm".

SURF: Swells generated by Florence are affecting Bermuda, portions of the U.S. East Coast, and the northwestern and central Bahamas These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions. Heavy rain and winds from Olivia downed trees, knocked out power and prompted evacuations of several homes on Hawaii's Maui island but spared the state widespread damage Wednesday.

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