Hurricane Helene: All you need to know about storm

Hurricane Helene: All you need to know about storm

Hurricane Helene: All you need to know about storm

The GOES-East weather satellite, which keeps a constant eye on the East Coast and the Atlantic, has captured some breathtaking images of Hurricane Florence, Tropical Storm Isaac and Hurricane Helene approaching the Americas (in that order).

Isaac, along with Florence, Helene and two other systems increasingly likely to form, have set a hectic pace for the Atlantic - even busier than a year ago when Harvey, Isaac and Maria made landfall within three weeks of each other. Sustained winds slowed slightly to 125 miles per hour Tuesday afternoon, making it a Cat 3 storm.

At 2:00 pm, today, Thursday, September 13, Isaac was located at 14.9N 62.5W or about 80 miles or 130 km West-South-West of Dominica or about 240 miles or 385 km South-East of St. Croix.

NOAA's National Hurricane Center issued a Public Advisory at 5 a.m.

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Some coastal flooding is possible in areas of onshore winds.

Rain projections also increased, with some locations along the North Carolina coast now expected to get up to 40 inches.

The poorly organized, 45-mph storm is not expected to strengthen but should maintain its tropical storm strength for the next few days. It should dissipate by early next week, the hurricane center said.

"The rain's going to be around for a long time", he said.

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The first large power outage in the Wilmington area also occurred Thursday morning, with the Duke outage map showing almost 1,400 customers in the Acme-Delco area of Columbus County and northwest Brunswick County without power.

The storm, however, is still projected to bring heavy rainfall, with 2 to 4 inches forecast across southeastern Puerto Rico, while totals of 1 to 2 inches with maximum amounts of 3 inches possible across the remainder of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The agency is also monitoring a tropical disturbance that has a 60 percent chance of forming a tropical storm.

"Regardless of development, heavy rainfall and gusty winds are expected across portions of northeastern Mexico, Texas, and Louisiana late this week, and interests there should monitor the progress of this system", it added.

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SC is also seeing a mass exodus, after the state's governor ordered a mandatory evacuation of the coastal counties. He encouraged citizens to use the time between now and Thursday to prepare and use common sense in staying safe.

The storm's center was about 170 miles southeast of Wilmington at 8 a.m. Thursday, according to a National Hurricane Center briefing.

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