Tropical Storm Helene has Azores in sights

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Former Tropical Storm Isaac dissipated overnight Saturday, the National Hurricane Center said.

Instead, Atlantic tropical storms are given their names based on pre-set lists from the National Hurricane Center (lists that originated in 1953) and are maintained and updated through a strict procedure by an global committee of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). In places, wind gusts could reach 70-80 miles per hour (112-128 km/h). As of Friday evening, the storm had maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour as it moved to the south of Puerto Rico and the island of Hispaniola, according to the National Hurricane Center. Landfall from Isaac (over the eastern Caribbean islands) is likely on Thursday although it will get overshadowed by Florence's landfall at roughly the same time frame.

At 11 a.m., the center of the system was about 190 miles east-southeast of Kingston, Jamaica.

The government of the Netherlands has discontinued the Tropical Storm Watch for Saba and St. Eustatius.

On another barrier island just below the Bogue Banks, Steve Harrigan reported live from North Topsail Beach, where visitors and residents were largely heeding warnings from Gov. Roy Cooper (D-N.C.) to evacuate.

No other tropical systems or areas of possible activity are now being monitored.

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"Interests elsewhere in the Leeward Islands should monitor the progress of Isaac".

Puerto Rico is still trying to recover from Hurricane Maria almost a year after the Category 4 storm hit. Based on the current forecast track, the North Carolina coast is most susceptible to a direct strike while impacts are to extend far from the center.

Meteorologist Ryan Maue of weathermodels.com said Florence could dump a staggering 18 trillion gallons of rain over a week on North Carolina, South Carolinas, Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky and Maryland.

"Helene is expected to transition to an extratropical cyclone as it approaches Ireland and the United Kingdom in a couple of days".

The U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) provided the latest update on Hurricane Florence at 8 a.m. on September 12.

The remnants of the storm could even end up bringing some drier conditions to the south west of the UK. As Hurricane Florence traveled across the ocean, its winds basically pile up water that is higher than the ordinary level of the sea.

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