Tropical Storm Helene slows as it moves toward Azores

NHC says tropical depression likely to form in Gulf

Maximum sustained winds are near 60 miles per hour or 95 km/h.

We'll continue to monitor Florence, but as far as our weather is concerned, all of the storm is expected to stay south of our region through the weekend.

The National Hurricane Center's official forecast shows that if Helene can hold together, it will impact Ireland and the northern United Kingdom by early this upcoming week.

It is once again a tropical storm out in the Caribbean Sea.

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. The hurricane will weaken as it moves over cooler water, and is expected to be downgraded from hurricane to tropical storm status before making the transition to post-tropical storm on Sunday. Tropical storms generate winds between 39 and 73 miles per hour, just below hurricane force.

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"We should also continue to keep our brothers and sisters located in the Carolinas in our thoughts and prayers as Hurricane Florence approaches their area". Still, the system is forecast to bring heavy rains to the Coastal Bend. Parts of North Carolina had seen storm surges - the bulge of seawater pushed ashore by the hurricane - as high as 10 feet (3 meters), he said.

Forecasters say it is especially unsafe after dark because people trying to escape may not realize how deep flood water is on roads.

Forecasters were monitoring five tropical systems in the Atlantic Basin, with the strongest, Category 4 Hurricane Florence, threatening the Carolinas. "Catastrophic flash flooding and prolonged significant river flooding are likely", the Hurricane Center said.

Preparing for the worst, about 9,700 National Guard troops and civilians were deployed with high-water vehicles, helicopters and boats.

While now classified as a hurricane, Helene will be downgraded to a storm by the time it reaches the shores of Northern Ireland.

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