Tropical Storm Isaac expected to regain hurricane strength

Tropical Storm Isaac expected to regain hurricane strength

Tropical Storm Isaac expected to regain hurricane strength

"Ever stared down the gaping eye of a Category 4 hurricane?".

Maximum sustained winds were nearly 85 miles per hour Monday morning, the hurricane center said. Satellite images show very little left as a recognizable tropical storm.

Meanwhile in the Pacific, Tropical Storm Olivia was close to Hawaii, where tropical storm warnings and watches are in effect, according to the Pacific Hurricane Center.

"It's not a zero event".

Hurricane-force winds (74-95 mph) are now extending out up to 70 miles from the center of the storm, and tropical-storm-force winds are being felt as much as 175 miles around the storm.

Hurricane Florence, the Category 2 storm heading straight for my parents' SC house, has the country on high alert.

He said as a result of the damage caused by Maria previous year, the island does not have its full complement of shelters but emergency shelters across the island would be opened by Wednesday.

"As long as it seems there is a threat to lives, we want to make sure people are safe", Shaw said.

"They're all interplaying with one another and it's not a particularly confident scenario", he said.

Helene is among a string of tropical storms brewing in the Atlantic, with mass evacuations under way in southern USA states as Hurricane Florence barrels across Virginia and the Carolinas. But forecasters also said the opposite could happen when it brushed up against strong wind shear.

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. Moving west at around 21mph, the storm is expected to continue on that track for the next few days before it comes into the central Caribbean Sea at the weekend.

Sustained winds have reached nearly 105 miles per hour.

Given the lack of deep convection to sustain the cyclone, continual gradual weakening is expected. In South Carolina, local officials reported 300,000 had already evacuated the coast as of Wednesday.

President Donald Trump declared states of emergency for North and SC and Virginia, opening the way for federal aid.

The National Hurricane Center said in its 11 a.m. ET advisory that up to 5 inches of rain could fall in Puerto Rico.

Tropical Storm Isaac, located 775 miles east of the Lesser Antilles, is moving towards the west near 16 miles per hour (mph).

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