Tropical Storm Helene moves toward western coast of Africa

Michele Stevens
September 8, 2018

Foremost among those is Tropical Storm Florence, which is expected to restrengthen into a hurricane next week and looks increasingly likely to hit the East Coast.

Scott Bullard, Fayetteville's emergency management coordinator, said he has been in contact, via email, with N.C. Emergency Management and staying abreast of weather-related developments.

North Carolina declared a state of emergency on Friday. The storm is moving west at 9 miles per hour.

The EMO warned that Florences approach was likely to narrow as forecasts continued.

The storm is expected to strengthen over the weekend, National Weather Service officials say. On the forecast track, the center of Florence will move over the warm waters of the southwestern Atlantic Ocean through Wednesday.

Behind Florence is two other storms that the National Hurricane Center is monitoring. The favorable environmental conditions are expected along the path of this developing tropical cyclone and the system should become a hurricane during the early or middle part of next week.

"The executive order will help gather and move crops in and through the state more easily and quickly in response to problems that could be caused by Tropical Storm Florence in North Carolina and along the East Coast", the governor's statement said. "Interests near and along the U.S. East Coast should monitor the progress of Florence through the weekend and ensure they have their hurricane plans in place". Most of the models are now showing Florence having a direct and major impact to the East Coast in the upcoming week.

Tropical Depression Nine is expected to become a tropical storm later today, over the eastern tropical Atlantic, the National Hurricane Centre (NHC) has said.

Maximum sustained winds are near 45 miles per hour (75 kilometres per hour) with higher gusts.

Tropical storm Helen is only of concern to the Capo Verde Islands near Africa.

Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 140 miles from the storm's center.

It appears that Florence will slow down as it turns around the west end of the bubble of high pressure.

"We're still anywhere from five to six days away from feeling the impact", Morrow said.

Meanwhile, Tropical Depression 9 is expected to become a tropical storm by late Saturday afternoon, at which point it would be named Isaac.

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