Hurricane Helen latest: Atlantic storm to spark sunshine across Britain

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Florence is lashing the state with "heavy rainbands with tropical-storm-force winds spreading across the Outer Banks and Coastal Southeastern North Carolina", the briefing said.

The Meteorological Service Jamaica says the next three days will be rainy across the island due to associated weather from Tropical Depression Isaac.

The centre of Isaac passed between Martinique and Dominica with maximum sustained winds of about 45 miles per hour. On Thursday morning, South 17th Street, usually teeming with commuter traffic by 6:30 a.m., was almost devoid of cars.

Isaac is expected to reach the islands, which remain under a tropical storm warning, by Thursday afternoon and cross the Caribbean through Saturday.

Tropical storm watches were in effect Tuesday for Antigua, Montserrat and St. Kitts and Nevis.

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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.

The NHC said, "A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area within 24 to 36 hours".

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

The National Hurricane Center said the storm's strength should continue through Thursday.

While Hurricane Florence continues barreling toward the Carolina coast, the Caribbean got some good news Wednesday: Isaac appears to be weakening.

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Helene is among a glut of tropical storms brewing in the region, with mass evacuations under way in southern U.S. states as Florence barrels across Virginia and the Carolinas.

After forecast models showed steering currents collapsing as the storm nears the Carolina coast Tuesday, forecasters shifted the track slightly south. The upper level winds are light, meaning the storm is likely to maintain intensity, or even strengthen a bit before making landfall.

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

The NHC is estimating that as many as 20 inches of rain could fall in some places along the southern North Carolina coast while bringing in excess of 10 inches of rain in parts of SC.

The storm is now around 530 miles southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, and is moving west-northwest at 17 mph. "Interests there should monitor the progress of this system, and refer to products from their local weather office", the NHC warned.

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"A broad area of low pressure is located over the central Gulf of Mexico".

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