Tropical Storm Helene slows as it moves toward Azores

NHC says tropical depression likely to form in Gulf

Florence, a potentially life-threatening Category 4 hurricane, is on track to make landfall in North Carolina or SC on Thursday (Sept. 13).

Florence is now churning through the Atlantic, only a few hundred miles off the coast of Wilmington, N.C.

"It's an uninvited brute who doesn't want to leave", said North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper. Harrigan's crew captured images of boarded-up homes and empty beaches.

The storm is likely to die out by Wednesday, the forecaster said. "Maximum sustained winds remain near 90 miles per hour (150 km/h) with higher gusts".

Preparing for the worst, about 9,700 National Guard troops and civilians were deployed with high-water vehicles, helicopters and boats. The flooding began on barrier islands in North Carolina and then spread into coastal and river communities there and in SC, swamping the white sands and golf courses in North Myrtle Beach.

A spokeswoman said: "Basically Helene is in the Atlantic at the moment and is crossing the Atlantic and is expected to track towards the UK".

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The declaration covers nearly the entire state and includes Coweta County and the surrounding area.

More than 12,000 people were in shelters in North Carolina and 400 in Virginia, where the forecast was less dire.

Beyond that brief period, the cyclone should weaken a bit as it completes extratropical transition while passing just to the northwest of the Azores Islands and traversing much cooler waters. Nationwide, airlines canceled more than 2,400 flights through Sunday. Helene is expected to then weaken and poses no threat to the United States, as of the center's 8 a.m. advisory.

"We could get some rain and gusty winds". She was eventually rescued by a boat crew; 140 more awaited help.

"Honestly, I grew up in Wilmington". A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, in this case within 24 to 36 hours.

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