For First Time, 5 Named Storms Could Crowd Atlantic Ocean

Christopher Davidson
September 16, 2018

"Isaac has become less organized and is now a weak Tropical Storm".

Winds of tropical storm strength could reach Puerto Rico on Friday morning. The storm, which just days earlier had been a hurricane, weakened significantly as it approached the the Lesser Antilles and passed with little notice in the USVI, stirring some winds and bringing some hit-or-miss showers to the territory but little else. It is expected to continue moving to the west toward the Caribbean by the end of the work week. Maximum sustained winds Friday morning were near 35 miles per hour with higher gusts. Isaac should move farther away from Lesser Antilles today, and then move across the eastern and central Caribbean Sea through the weekend.

Tropical Storm Helene has sparked weather warnings across the Azores, the Portuguese islands located 1,000 miles off the west coast of continental Europe. This means that tropical storm conditions are expected to make landfall between 36- and 48-hours.

Two other storms are brewing in the Atlantic, including Hurricane Helene tracking north and east in the central Atlantic, expected to dissipate to a tropical storm, with winds between 39 and 73 miles per hour, by Sunday.

Tropical Storm Issac was one of four weather systems rolling across the Atlantic Thursday, including the risky category 2 Hurricane Florence, which was packing winds of nearly 100mph as it headed towards the Carolinas on the east coast of the United States.

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However, a tropical storm watch remains in effect for Antigua, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saba and St. Eustatius while St. Martin and St. Maarten were added to the watch on Wednesday afternoon.

The National Hurricane Center said up to 3 inches of rain could fall in Puerto Rico and Hispaniola. Expect winds to increase on Saturday to 15-30mph across the entire CSRA, with the 30mph more likely in the northern/eastern areas.

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Some coastal flooding is possible in areas of onshore winds. "This rainfall may cause life-threatening flash floods".

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