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14 September 2018, 08:12 | Justin Tyler
Severe weather warning issued as Hurricane Helene bears down on Ireland
Hurricane Olivia is heading towards Hawaii as Tropical Storm Paul is approaching the west coast of Mexico.
Forecasters have issued no warning or watches for Barbados as Tropical Storm Isaac continues to make a steady trek across the Central Atlantic. Tropical-storm force winds extend outward to 105 miles from the center.
After forecast models showed steering currents collapsing as the storm nears the Carolina coast Tuesday, forecasters shifted the track slightly south.
Meanwhile, the projections for rain are growing, adding to growing concerns about flooding across the two states: Coastal North Carolina now expects 20-30 inches, with isolated areas of 40 inches projected in SC.
The storm is now around 530 miles southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, and is moving west-northwest at 17 mph.
This rainfall may cause life-threatening flash flooding.
A weather warning for wind has been issued ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Helene in the United Kingdom next week, with injuries and danger to life a possibility.
Sustained winds on Tuesday afternoon approached 105 miles per hour, making it a very strong Category 2 storm, though it was expected to gradually weaken over cooler waters.
All watches and warnings that had been issued on neighboring islands were canceled Thursday.
The Portuguese weather servicesaid that wind gusts of up to 74 mph are possible by the weekend in the Azores, an island chain about 850 miles west of Portugal.
About halfway between Hurricane Florence and Hurricane Helene is the small but risky Tropical Storm Isaac, which was downgraded from hurricane status early this morning (Sept. 11).
Given its expected slow speed once it rolls ashore, they warned the heavy rain and storm could spread across a wide area.
There were two other systems in development Wednesday as well.
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