Tropical Depression Isaac drops rain on Puerto Rico, sparks outages

2 p.m. update: Florence within 110 miles of Wilmington

At 4:00 am the centre of tropical depression Isaac was located about 610 kilometres southeast of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

The storm is projected to shift northeast with an increase in forward speed in the coming days, forecasters said.

As Hurricane Florence made landfall near Wrightsville Beach on the North Carolina coast, bringing sustained winds of 68 miles per hour and a flooding storm surge, at least three other named storms are still churning in the Atlantic.

The enduring Tropical Storm Helene is picking up speed and accelerating northward at 23 miles per hour with sustained winds of 65 miles per hour.

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The only Category 5 hurricanes to hit the USA were Andrew in 1992, Camille in 1969 and an unnamed "Labor Day" hurricane in 1935. Even normal water is warm enough for a storm to form there, but this adds to the storm's fuel and its rainfall.

Hurricane Helene is forecast to weaken over the eastern Atlantic Ocean, and interests in the Azores islands should monitor the storm's progress.

"The deepest water will occur along the immediate coast in areas of onshore winds, where the surge will be accompanied by large and destructive waves". "Storm surge is the main cause of the death and destruction associated with hurricanes", NBC News explained after Hurricane Ike hit Texas.

Hurricane conditions are possible within the hurricane watch area - Guadeloupe, Martinique and Dominica - by Thursday morning, with tropical storm conditions possible early Thursday in both the tropical storm watch area - Antigua, St Kitts and Nevis, and Montserrat - and the hurricane watch areas, the NHC added.

In a briefing today (Friday, September 14), the national meteorological office said that current guidance indicates that Helene will take a northeastward track towards Irish shores in the early days of next week.

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Florence made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane at 7:15 a.m.at Wrightsville Beach, a few miles east of Wilmington and not far from the SC line, coming ashore along a mostly boarded-up, emptied-out stretch of coastline.

Some pockets of moderate to heavy showers and occasional gusty winds are likely into Friday, with possible rainfall accumulations of one (1) to two (2) inches.

The flooding soon spread into SC, swamping places like North Myrtle Beach, in a resort area known for its white sands and multitude of golf courses.

The National Hurricane Center said in its 11 a.m. ET advisory that up to 5 inches of rain could fall in Puerto Rico.

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Across several eastern states, residents scrambled to leave as the Category 4 storm , with winds of 225kmh, approached. State officials have said the inmates are safer in the prison than they would be in an evacuation . "We'll handle it.

Marco Petagna, a Met Office forecaster, said: "Storm Helene is still in the Atlantic but it could have an influence in Britain next week".

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