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Isaac back at tropical storm strength: U.S. NHC

Forecasters urge caution as storm churns in Gulf Hurricane Florence creating waves taller than 8-story building as it nears Carolinas, experts say | Charlotte Observer
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"This will likely be the storm of a lifetime for portions of the Carolina coast", the National Weather Service spokesperson in Wilmington, North Carolina said Tuesday night, according to ABC News.

Flaherty said there is a small piece of good news, in that the "flow" in the southeastern quadrant of the storm has been reduced slightly.

Hurricane Isaac, we hardly knew ye.

In the Atlantic, while Joyce is far out to sea and poses no immediate threat to land, 70-mph Helene is forecast to roar near the Azores on Saturday and Sunday, the National Hurricane Center said.

Evacuation orders have been lifted in several coastal SC counties as Florence continues to dump rain on the state.

Coastal watches and warnings have been canceled. The Saffir-Simpson scale that meteorologists use to measure hurricanes reflects only the wind speeds involved in the storm, and right now Hurricane Florence's winds are hovering at maximum speeds of about 110 miles per hour (175 km/h). "Some wind, no rain and rising sun". Helene is moving toward the north near 14 miles per hour (22 kph).

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And Hurricane Florence will take aim at the Southeast coast of the United States late this week, likely as a major hurricane.

As of noon, Swansboro, North Carolina, had almost 31 inches of rain, Emerald Isle had over 23, and Wilmington and Goldsboro had about a foot. By Wednesday, those upper level winds are expected to relax, and the formation of - at least - a tropical depression seems very possible.

Beyond that brief period, the cyclone should weaken a bit as it completes extratropical transition while passing just to the northwest of the Azores Islands and traversing much cooler waters.

Ashley Warren and boyfriend Chris Smith did manage to paddle away from their home in a boat with their two dogs, and the experience left her shaken. "Other years were 1893, 1926, 1950, 1961, 1967, 1980, 1995, 1998, 2010, and 2017", said on Twitter Philip Klotzbach, a meteorologist at CSU specialized in Atlantic seasonal hurricane forecasts.

A spokeswoman said: "Basically Helene is in the Atlantic at the moment and is crossing the Atlantic and is expected to track towards the UK".

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