Tropical Storm Helene has Azores in sights

Hurricane Florence strengthened into a Category 4 hurricane Monday afternoon

Hurricane Florence strengthened into a Category 4 hurricane Monday afternoon

Also spinning in the Atlantic are Tropical Storms Helene and Isaac and Subtropical Storm Joyce, while Tropical Depression Olivia and Super Typhoon Mangkhut are making waves in the Pacific.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency warned that storm surge watches and warnings are active for the entire North Carolina coast and parts of SC.

In May, the Canadian Hurricane Centre said its forecasters were expecting a "near-normal to above-normal" number of storms this season, a prediction that has proven to be correct - so far.

"A westward motion with a slight increase in forward speed is expected through the end of the week". However, it was expected to be close to or at hurricane strength when it reaches the Lesser Antilles islands.

In North Carolina, a storm-surge pushed floodwater miles inland. As of 11 p.m. EDT, it had maximum sustained winds of 65 miles per hour.

As of the Tuesday afternoon update, the National Hurricane Center now gives an area of disturbed weather a high 70% chance for development within the next five days.

Evacuations were ordered up and down the coastlines in North and SC and in some areas of Virginia as well. A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area. A High Surf Advisory has been posted for the south coast, the Islands and the NH Seacoast associated with Hurricane Florence just off the coast of the Carolinas.

"Keep in mind it is going to continue to ride along the Carolina coast for the next several hours, even into tomorrow, possibly dumping rain between 20 and 40 inches", Bridges said. Some regions are expected to receive more than 20 inches of rain from the hurricane and its giant knot of storm clouds.

The storm is now around 530 miles southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, and is moving west-northwest at 17 mph.

Joyce has maximum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour (75 kph) and is expected to become a tropical storm and to strengthen by Thursday. Please consult products from your local weather office. Satellite images show very little left as a recognizable tropical storm.

Met Office meteorologist Alan Deakin said: "Hurricane Helene may influence things in combination with an area of low pressure over the coming days".

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