Tropical Storm Isaac expected to regain hurricane strength

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After forecast models showed steering currents collapsing as the storm nears the Carolina coast Tuesday, forecasters shifted the track slightly south.

"This rainfall will produce catastrophic flash flooding and prolonged significant river flooding", the briefing said.

Some slight strengthening is possible during the next couple of days. Hurricane watches were in effect on those islands. The primary concern in the short term is Hurricane Florence. A NOAA hurricane hunter aircraft will soon fly through the centre of Isaac, and will provide a better assessment of the intensity of the tropical storm and the extent of its winds.

"This general motion, accompanied by a gradual decrease in forward speed, is expected through today". It will continue to move to the west and away from the V.I. during the overnight hours. Fountain says most storms are an inconvenience, "but Hurricane Florence will be a life-changing event for many people here in the Carolinas".

Meanwhile, Helene is heading north towards the British Isles at around 14mph and sub-tropical storm Joyce was some 945 miles WSW of the Azores drifting southwest.

"There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect", said the NHC in its 11 a.m. September 12 update.

At 11 a.m., the center of the system was about 190 miles east-southeast of Kingston, Jamaica.

Forecasters have warned that Storm Helene could pose a danger to life when it bears down on the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland next week.

The probable path of Isaac as of Thursday morning.

It's not clear if the storm is expected to strengthen back into a hurricane after it hits the eastern Caribbean. Tropical-storm force winds extend outward to 105 miles from the center. Long term projections bring some of the remnants through by the middle of next week - meaning possible heavy rain like we saw with Gordon on Monday night.

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The first large power outage in the Wilmington area also occurred Thursday morning, with the Duke outage map showing almost 1,400 customers in the Acme-Delco area of Columbus County and northwest Brunswick County without power.

Tropical Storm Isaac made its closest approach to St. Croix Thursday night, passing nearly 200 miles to the south and having no apparent impact on the territory as it made its leisurely way across the Caribbean. A hurricane hunter plane is scheduled to investigate the system Thursday.

To put the rain in perspective, Wilmington's three-day rainfall record was 19.66 inches set in 2010, said Jordan Baker, a meteorologist with the NWS Wilmington office.

"It doesn't matter where you are", he said.

Isaac, along with Florence, Helene and two other systems increasingly likely to form, have set a hectic pace for the Atlantic - even busier than previous year when Harvey, Isaac and Maria made landfall within three weeks of each other.

A small-craft warning means in this case that surface winds greater than or equal to 25 knots and seas equal to or greater than 3 metres (10ft) are already affecting or expected to affect the marine area. Isaac is expected to dissipate within the next few days.

"This is a life-threatening situation".

Numerous communities throughout the region have issued either mandatory or voluntary evacuation orders. Some fluctuation in wind speeds are expected, and weakening forecast Thursday, but it's still expected to be a fierce storm triggering risky flooding.

New Hanover County officials said Thursday morning that it could accept more residents seeking shelter at Trask Middle School, Eaton Elementary School, Codington Elementary School, the Johnson Pre-K Center and Noble Middle School. "It's just not anywhere near a level of Maria", forecaster Eric Blake said.

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