Published: Sat, September 15, 2018
Sci-tech | By Lila Blake

83-Foot Wave Recorded By Satellite Monitoring Hurricane Florence

83-Foot Wave Recorded By Satellite Monitoring Hurricane Florence

At 4:00 p.m., the centre of Isaac was located 667 miles east of the Lesser Antilles.

"Currently Helene is 2000km southwest of the Azores and remains a category 1 hurricane, with sustained winds of 130kph and gusts in excess of 170 kph".

"Regardless of development, heavy rainfall and gusty winds are expected across portions of northeastern Mexico, Texas, and Louisiana on Friday and Saturday", the hurricane center said.

On Wednesday morning, a National Weather Service satellite monitoring the storm recorded waves reaching heights of 83 feet-or the equivalent of an eight-story building.

A Tropical Storm Watch which had been issued for St. Kitts and Nevis, Montserrat, Barbuda and Antigua was also expected to be discontinued by Thursday evening.


As it pushed past and south of Cuba it is forecasted to weaken further, into a Tropical Depression.

"The deepest water will occur along the immediate coast in areas of onshore winds, where the surge will be accompanied by large and destructive waves", the NHC said. The biggest threats from Hurricane Florence are life-threatening storm surge, devastating flash-flooding, and hurricane-force winds.

Tropical storm force winds are in the 39-73 miles per hour range, says NOAA.

Each storm is clearly highlighted on the map and identified with a name, showing that Hurricane Florence is not the only storm looming.

There is increased fear that Florence "will slow considerably or stall, leading to a prolonged and exceptionally heavy and risky rainfall event Friday-Sunday", the NHC said Tuesday.


Florence is expected to make landfall late Thursday night or early Friday morning, Mountain Time, somewhere between Atlantic Beach, NC and Savannah, GA.

Tropical-storm force winds have been battering the Outer Banks and SE coastal NC for most of the afternoon, but as Hurricane Florence veers closer to the Carolinas coastline, hurricane-force winds are also inching closer to land.

Strongest winds are expected to spread from southern Ireland and the west of Cornwall and Wales, moving into north-western England, western Scotland and then northern Scotland.

Met Office meteorologist Alan Deakin said: "Hurricane Helene may influence things in combination with an area of low pressure over the coming days".


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