Published: Mon, September 17, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Joyce becomes a tropical storm in central Atlantic

Joyce becomes a tropical storm in central Atlantic

Tropical storm watches are in effect for Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, Antigua, and Saba and St. Eustatius.

Interests elsewhere in the southeastern and mid-Atlantic states should monitor the progress of Florence. Subsequent reports on its stormy conditions will be posted by the National Weather Service. Promptly follow evacuation and other instructions from local officials. The depression is moving toward the west near 16 miles per hour (26 km/h), and this general motion with some decrease in forward speed is expected over the next couple of days. It is classified as a strong category 2 hurricane with wind speeds of 150 kilometers per hour.

A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area.

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Joyce could become a tropical storm within the next day or so.

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 primary concern in the short term is Hurricane Florence.

The probable path of Isaac as of Thursday morning. The system has now weakened into a Tropical Depression and convection associated with Isaac diminished considerably. The storm is about 195 miles west-southwest of Cabo Verge, an archipelago near the African coast.

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The estimated minimum central pressure is 1000 mb (29.53 inches). Along the coast, large waves will accompany the surge. "I can't emphasize enough the potential for unbelievable damage from wind, storm surge and inland flooding with this storm". The main concern will be the ongoing threat of river flooding. It's now a depression while still dumping excessive rainfall across the Carolina's and beyond. "Some locations could reach at least 20 to 30" of rainfall, with localized 40" possible.

Joyce, previously a sub-tropical storm, has transitioned to a tropical storm in the central Atlantic, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Thursday. The upper level winds are light, meaning the storm is likely to maintain intensity, or even strengthen a bit before making landfall.

TORNADOES: A few tornadoes are possible in eastern North Carolina beginning late Thursday morning.

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