Helene UpdateHelene, once a hurricane, is maintaining tropical storm strength and is slated to bring heavy winds and rains to the Azores islands over the weekend.
“A turn toward the north-northeast is forecast Saturday followed by a turn toward the northeast by Sunday night. On the forecast track, Helene will pass near or over the Azores late Saturday or Sunday. Satellite data indicate that maximum sustained winds have increased to near 70 mph (110 km/h) with higher gusts. Little change in strength is forecast during the next 24 hours. Afterward, gradual weakening is expected over the weekend as Helene makes the transition to a post-tropical extratropical cyclone,” the NHC said in an 11 a.m. update on Sept. 14.
Joyce UpdateTropical Storm Joyce, also in the North Atlantic, is moving to the south and is slated to turn eastward by the night of Sept. 14.
Isaac UpdateIsaac, once a tropical storm, weakened to a tropical depression. It is moving west about 300 miles southeast of the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean.
There are no warnings in effect for the storm.
Hurricane FlorenceFlorence, meanwhile, is moving slowly to the west over the Carolinas and is a Category 1 storm, the NHC said in its latest update. The storm is 20 miles southwest of Wilmington, North Carolina, and 55 east-northeast of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Said the NHC: “The Tropical Storm Warning has been discontinued north of Duck, North Carolina, including the Chesapeake Bay south of New Point Comfort. The Hurricane Warning has been changed to a Tropical Storm Warning from Duck, North Carolina, south to Bogue Inlet, including the Albemarle Sound.”