Met Office: Isaac now a weak tropical storm

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There are 5.25 million people under hurricane warnings and watches and another 4.89 million under tropical storm watches and warnings.

Forecasters say Florence is now a tropical storm but will continue to threaten North and SC with powerful winds and catastrophic freshwater flooding.

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Power outages were reported across Puerto Rico Friday morning as Tropical Depression Isaac dropped rain across the USA territory.

It remains a Category 1 hurricane with top sustained winds of 90 miles per hour (150 kph), but a gust of 112 miles per hour (180 kph) was reported just offshore.

The initial effects will come from an outer band associated with Isaac which will bring some scattered showers and possible isolated thunderstorms, according to Acting Director of the Barbados Meteorological Services Sonia Nurse.

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Hurricane Helene is travelling through the Atlantic at the moment and once she gets here, she'll have enough rain and wind for everyone.

The hurricane center is giving the system a 50 percent chance of becoming a tropical depression or storm within the next five days. Near the coast, the surge will be accompanied by large waves.

Since the hurricane season began this summer, there have been nine named storms in the Atlantic, which is above average, Klotzbach said.

Officials have confirmed four deaths in North Carolina as a result of Hurricane Florence.

According to the National Hurricane Center, a burst of deep convection developed Thursday and covered the previously exposed center of Isaac Thursday evening, but there was evidence of northwesterly shear over the cyclone, causing some of the cloud cover to quickly blow off toward the southeast. This rainfall may cause risky flash flooding.

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Forecasters said Florence's surge could cover all but a sliver of the Carolina coast under as much as 11 feet (3.4 meters) of ocean water, and days of downpours could unload more than 3 feet (0.9 meters) of rain, touching off severe flooding.

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.

A remarkable satellite image shows Hurricane Florence in the Atlantic is one of just nine potentially unsafe storms now circling around the world.

Met Eireann has said that it will continue to monitor the situation surrounding the landing of ex-tropical Storm Helene, which is expected to hit Ireland early next week.

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