Florence, Isaac and Helene: Three hurricanes to watch in the tropics

Posted at 6:12 PM, Sep 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-12 07:42:18-04

At 5 a.m. Wednesday Hurricane Florence is still a Category 4 storm with winds up to 130 mph.

The forecast for Florence remains very difficult due to the fact that it is expected to slow way way down as it approaches the Carolina coast on Friday.

Conditions will start to deteriorate along the Carolina coast on Thursday.

If there is any consensus in the models, it’s that Florence will start along the coast of North Carolina on Friday, and work slowly down to South Carolina over the weekend (either along the coast or slightly inland), at some point moving farther inland.

Storm surge, coastal flooding, wind damage and eventually inland flooding all look much worse in this scenario.

Rainfall totals could top 20 inches in spots.

Georgia is also in the picture now for some flooding and possibly some wind damage.

For Florida, large swells (5-9 feet) will start to impact the coast late Wednesday, and may continue well into the weekend.  Dangerous beach and boating conditions.

Also, the large atmospheric circulation around Florence may actually send some drier air in Florida on Saturday through Monday.

Isaac will head into the Caribbean and but could possibly be torn apart this weekend. 


System headed to the Gulf

An area of low pressure near the Yucatan Peninsula could develop before making landfall in Texas or Mexico over the next five days.