Tropical Storm Helene to bring rain, wind, large swells to Azores

A number of hurricane and tropical storm watches have been issued for Tropical Storm Isaac

Tropical Storm Isaac, which passed between the Caribbean island nations of Dominica and Martinique late Wednesday and early Thursday, is now moving nearly due west across the eastern Caribbean Sea.

Latest Isaac tropical storm image from Harry Halstrom, Pond Hill forecaster.

Behind Isaac to the east in the Atlantic was Hurricane Helene that had sustained wind speeds of 110 miles per hour as of Tuesday morning. Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 45 miles per hour or 75 km/h. 12 is it moved closer to the Caribbean.

"Little change in strength is forecast during the next 48 hours", the NHC added.

Hurricane Florence warnings and watches encompassed nearly all of North and SC, with tropical storm warnings and watches reaching north to the Virginia state line.

The National Hurricane Center or NHC said "Although the system is still producing areas of deep convection, [satellite imagery] indicated that the circulation had become even less defined".

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September 15 (UPI) Tropical Storm Helene was expected to bring heavy rain, storm-force winds and large surf swells to the Azores this weekend, the National Hurricane Center said Saturday.

Some coastal flooding is possible in areas of onshore winds.

A NOAA Hurricane Hunter plane that investigated the oncoming Tropical Storm Isaac Wednesday evening and found that the system has weakened a bit, according to the National Weather Service.

NOAA satellite photo taken at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday shows Tropical Storm Isaac, right, on the doorstep of the Antilles, while Hurricane Florence, a Category 4 storm, takes aim at the US east coast.

The Meteorological Service has issued a Severe Weather Alert for all parishes effective Sunday until Monday. Across Puerto Rico and the southern U.S. Virgin Islands 1 to 2 inches of rainfall, with isolated amounts up to 4 inches, is anticipated. "The threat of damaging winds, flooding rain, high surf, and storm surge still remains". Rip Currents: High risk for rip currents at all beaches today and likely into this weekend.

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