Storm Helene is now speeding northward towards the Azores Islands in the mid-Atlantic, and the Met Office expects it to bring very strong winds to western parts of the United Kingdom and Ireland on Monday evening.
If the system strengthens to a tropical storm, it would likely be named Joyce. The hurricane will weaken as it moves over cooler water, and is expected to be downgraded from hurricane to tropical storm status before making the transition to post-tropical storm on Sunday. The Portuguese government issued a tropical storm warning for all of the Azores Islands.
A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for.
Hurricane Florence isn't the only storm threatening lives and property around the world.
Some deterioration in sea conditions are expected tonight and will continue into tomorrow with swells expected to peak near 3.5 metres in open water.
In North Carolina, a storm-surge pushed floodwater miles inland. It is moving northwest at 15 miles per hour, according to the NHC's update at 11 a.m. Sept 12.
Meteorologist Ryan Maue of weathermodels.com said Florence could dump a staggering 18 trillion gallons of rain over a week on North Carolina, South Carolinas, Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky and Maryland. The Associated Press reported that sixty people were rescued from a motel that collapsed, and, since Florence is moving slowly, the heavy rain and strong winds aren't expected to let up any time soon.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) provided the latest update on Hurricane Florence at 8 a.m. on September 12.
"Keep in mind it is going to continue to ride along the Carolina coast for the next several hours, even into tomorrow, possibly dumping rain between 20 and 40 inches", Bridges said.
The update said up to four inches of rain could be expected in some areas of the Azores, while up to two inches could follow in Scotland and western Ireland.