Thursday, 20 September, 2018

Hurricane Helene could bring severe weather to the United Kingdom next week

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Hurricane Helene weakened to a tropical storm Thursday, the National Hurricane Center said. "However, upper-level winds are forecast to become a little more conducive for development, and a tropical depression could still form Thursday or Friday before the system reaches the western Gulf Coast".

The storm now appears to be on track to enter the Gulf of Mexico as a tropical wave early next week, meaning South Florida will hardly notice a thing.

While a small craft warning and a high surf advisory will be in effect for Barbados from 6 p.m. tomorrow until further notice, no storm watch or warning has been issued, at least for now.

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - Power outages are being reported across Puerto Rico as Tropical Depression Isaac drops rain across the USA territory.

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

According to the latest Hurricane Florence satellite images, the massive storm is now heading towards North and SC and Virginia.

Latest Isaac tropical storm image from Harry Halstrom, Pond Hill forecaster.

Russian bombers intercepted near Alaska by F-22 fighters, says US military
Under its rules, the US requests any foreign aircraft to identify itself and its flight plan when entering the air defense zone. For the second time in less than two weeks, Russian aircraft have flirted with United States airspace near Alaska.

That's almost double the wave heights documented on Tuesday, when the NHC said satellites had observed "an expansive area of wave heights 12 feet or greater" circulating around Hurricane Florence and peak waves of 45 feet near its center.

Florence is heading toward the southeastern US - with an unusual journey. Then on Sunday, as a weakening Florence moves away from our region, our winds will gradually weaken during the day, with some wraparound showers possible.

Most of the midweek brought clouds and rain to southern New England.

The storm is now around 530 miles southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, and is moving west-northwest at 17 mph.

Helene started Thursday as a Category 2 hurricane, but has since lost wind speed.

Even if the system doesn't develop into a cyclone, it's expected to increase chances of rain in the area for Friday and Saturday.

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