Published: Wed, September 12, 2018
Research | By Wilma Wheeler

Dominica prepares for passage of Hurricane Isaac

Dominica prepares for passage of Hurricane Isaac

With maximum sustained winds of 220 km/h, Florence was due to grow even stronger before making landfall on Thursday, mostly likely in southeastern North Carolina near the SC border, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said.

North and SC and Virginia ordered mass evacuations along the coast.

For many people, the challenge could be finding a safe refuge: If Florence slows to a crawl, it could bring torrential rains all the way into the Appalachian mountains and as far away as West Virginia, causing flash floods, mudslides and other unsafe conditions in places that have already experienced lots of rain recently.

Governor Kenneth Mapp has called a 10:00 a.m. press conference for Tuesday at Government House on St. Croix, to address the territory relative to Tropical Storm Isaac and the government's preparedness efforts.

Hurricanes are known for strong winds and the potential to bring heavy rainfall - but do you understand the workings of the meterological phenonema? Florence is expected to remain an extremely unsafe major hurricane through Thursday.

"Moderate to rough seas will gradually rise to very rough in the south and east with building southeasterly swells from Hurricane Florence". It is moving at 16 miles per hour (mph), with maximum sustained winds of 105 mph, making it a Category 2 hurricane. "Storm surge and hurricane watches could be issued for portions of these areas by Tuesday morning", the NHC said, adding that at 11:00 a.m. Hurricane Isaac was expected to lose strength as it reaches the Caribbean, and Helene, much farther out to sea, may veer northward into the open ocean as the 2018 hurricane season reaches its peak.

While Florence is forecast to stay north of Florida, large swells will impact the east coast of our state resulting in life-threatening surf and rip currents.

Two other hurricanes - Isaac and Helene - have also formed in the Atlantic Ocean.


Gradual weakening was expected Tuesday night and last until Helene returns to tropical storm status Thursday, forecasters said.

Isaac was on a path that could take it to the Leeward or Windward islands, many of which are still struggling to recover from Hurricane Maria.

There is an increasing risk of storm surge at the coast and damaging hurricane-force winds in the Carolinas. Helene was moving to the west-northwest at 14 miles per hour with maximum sustained winds of 110 miles per hour.

She says the company is bringing in up to 2,000 workers from Florida and the Midwest to augment its 4,600 workers in North Carolina and SC.

The US Navy said it was sending almost 30 ships from coastal Virginia out of port to ride out the storm.

We'll just have to wait and see where all of them go.

"You never know, there could be tree missiles coming from any direction", she said.

Maps of the storm's trajectory showed it likely to come ashore somewhere near the border of North Carolina and SC. "There is no way to be completely safe".

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