Hurricane Helene bound for Portugal`s Azores Islands

Hurricane Helene bound for Portugal`s Azores Islands

The new satellite imageries taken by NOAA uncovered Tropical Storm Isaac, a former hurricane, as it's moving towards the Caribbean, and Hurricane Helene swirling right off the coast of Africa as it's expected to fly further over the ocean before taking a turn towards Europe. The government of France has discontinued the Tropical Storm Watch for St. Martin, and the government of St. Maarten has discontinued the Tropical Storm Watch for St. Maarten.

A tropical storm warning is in effect for all the Azores as Helene is expected to produce tropical storm-force winds up to 185 miles from its center and heavy rains to the islands as it moves at 22 mph, according to the 8 a.m. advisory.

USA authorities on Friday downgraded Florence from a hurricane to a tropical storm, as the still unsafe weather system unleashed torrential rains but saw its wind power weaken slightly, reported AFP.

A tropical storm warning continues for Martinique, Dominica and Guadeloupe. Tropical Storm Isaac will also be a threat, but this one is taking a southern path and heading toward the Caribbean.

The public is encouraged to continue monitoring the Met Office via its social media accounts and website at for updates.

Isaac's death knell was sounded around 5 a.m. Saturday when the National Hurricane Center's aircraft was unable to find a well-defined center and as a result the center reported that the storm had "dissipated".

The storm is expected to approach the southeast U.S. coast on Thursday. Rainfall of 0.5 to 1.5 inches with isolated amounts to 3 inches are forecast across Puerto Rico and the southern United States Virgin Islands, with up to an inch anticipated across the remaining Windward and Leeward Islands.

However, it is expected to generate accumulations of rain of between five and seven centimeters in isolated areas of the Lesser Antilles, with a danger of flooding.

According to the NHC, maximum sustained winds remain near 60 miles per hour (95 km/h) with higher gusts and gradual weakening is forecast during the next few days. Coastal Flooding: Outside the Storm Surge Watch area, minor coastal flooding could occur around the time of each high tide Thursday and Friday.