Gulf system still not expected to develop, but heavy rain is predicted

Gulf system still not expected to develop, but heavy rain is predicted

Meanwhile, what could be the world's most unsafe storm at the moment is Super Typhoon Mangkhut, which now has winds of 165 miles per hour (with 200 miles per hour gusts) and is taking aim on the Philippines, according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for.

The storm is projected to shift northeast with an increase in forward speed in the coming days, forecasters said. "Gradual weakening is forecast over the next couple of days, and Helene is expected to become a tropical storm on Thursday".

The storm now appears to be on track to enter the Gulf of Mexico as a tropical wave early next week, meaning South Florida will hardly notice a thing. SCMP reported the government is taking no chances and has "strengthened the embankment protecting the tourist fishing village of Tai O on western Lantau Island from storm surge and there are plans to evacuate 300-400 residents by coach".

Storm surge occurs when the hurricane-force winds blow over the ocean water.

Tropical storm warnings have been issued for Martinique, Dominica, and Guadeloupe.

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"Jamaica should monitor the progress of Isaac", the hurricane center said Saturday.

But Isaac, which at one point was one of a trio of hurricanes swirling in the Atlantic alongside killer storm Hurricane Florence, and Hurricane Helene, is not completely done.

For this hurricane season, the NOAA forecasting service and Britain's Met Office predict between 5 and 9 storms of Category 3 or stronger.

Forecasters say catastrophic freshwater flooding is expected over parts of North Carolina and SC ahead.

Tropical Storm Helene has sparked weather warnings across the Azores, the Portuguese islands located 1,000 miles off the west coast of continental Europe. Several places already had more than 16 inches (40 centimeters) of rain, and Oriental, North Carolina got more than 20 inches (50 centimeters) in just a few hours. Some forecasting models say that the storm could dump as many as 35 inches of rain in some areas. "The models indicate it will travel up the west side of the United Kingdom, before crossing Scotland and going out the north of Scotland, but that could change as the storm degrades and changes its habits".

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