Storm Helene to bring wet and windy weather to Ireland

James Marshall
September 14, 2018

(CBSMiami) - Tropical storm force winds from Isaac will pass through the Lesser Antilles, near Dominica and Martinique Thursday.

The French government has issued a hurricane watch for Guadeloupe and Martinique; Barbados has done so for Dominica and officials in Antigua and Barbuda issued a tropical storm watch for Antigua and Montserrat, the NHC said.

Not the most ideal of weather-situations and apparently it's only about to get worse because the tail-end of a hurricane is about to hit Ireland and it's not going to be pretty.

Hurricane Florence weakened to Category 2 storm overnight, but with sustained winds of 110 miles per hour, it was within 1 miles per hour of Category 3 and the wind field is expanding.

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

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.

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

Helene is one of several major storms in the Atlantic at the moment, with Florence sparking mass evacuations as it heads towards landfall on the east coast of the US.

Meteorologists say Tropical Storm Isaac is forecast to enter the central Caribbean Sea this weekend.

Isaac is moving toward the west near 16 miles per hour, and this general motion with a decrease in forward speed is expected for the next few days. No coastal watches or warnings are in effect, and the NHC forecast track shows the storm heading west towards Central America.

Helene is among a glut of tropical storms brewing in the region, with mass evacuations under way in southern USA states as Florence barrels across Virginia and the Carolinas.

There were two other systems in development Wednesday as well.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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