Hurricane Florence is bringing life-threatening storm surge, damaging winds, and flooding rains to North and South Carolina as its eye comes ashore. At 6 am Friday, Florence was centered near 34.2 North, 77.6 West, close to Wilmington, North Carolina. Florence was moving west-northwest at 6 miles per hour and had maximum sustained winds of 90 miles per hour. Water will be the killer — with storm surge of up to 11 feet and as much as 40 inches of rain.
Isaac is now a tropical depression. At 5 am Friday, Isaac was located near 15.0 North, 65.5 West, and was moving west at 15 miles per hour. Maximum sustained winds were down to 35 miles per hour, and Isaac is expected to degenerate into an open wave over the weekend.
Elsewhere, Tropical Storm Helene is threatening the Azores. At 5 am Friday, Helene was located near 30.6 North, 36.0 West, and was zipping north at 23 iles per hour. Maximum sustained winds were 65 miles per hour. The Azores can expect heavy rain and gusty winds from Helene this weekend.
Also in the central Atlantic, Tropical Storm Joyce is moving south-southwest at 8 miles per hour early Friday but is expected turn to the east later today. At 5 am Friday, it was located near 32.1 North, 44.9 West, and had maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour. Finally, the low in the western Gulf of Mexico has a low chance of developing into a depression, but it will bring heavy rains and gusty winds to portions of Texas and Mexico on Friday and Saturday.