Subtropical Storm Joyce forms in north Atlantic

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A NOAA Hurricane Hunter plane that investigated the oncoming Tropical Storm Isaac Wednesday evening and found that the system has weakened a bit, according to the National Weather Service.

Bands of rain from Tropical Depression Isaac continue to drench the Lesser Antilles.

A wind gust at the Wilmington airport was clocked at 105 miles per hour (nearly 170 kph), the highest since Hurricane Helene in 1958.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said Helene has 90 miles per hour winds, meaning it is a Category 1 storm.

Helene is one of four tropical storms now forming in the Atlantic, with Hurricane Florence now hurtling through the U.S. central seaboard and killing at least three people. "Near the coast, the surge will be accompanied by large and destructive waves", the NHC added. "Storm surge is the main cause of the death and destruction associated with hurricanes", NBC News explained after Hurricane Ike hit Texas.

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.

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With Hurricane Florence, numerous coastline will see water levels from the storm surge rise over 3 feet, with some families seeing over 9 feet of water near their homes.

All of the islands under watch were significantly impacted by Hurricanes Maria or Irma last September, with some of them still trying to rebuild.

While a small craft warning and a high surf advisory will be in effect for Barbados from 6 p.m. tomorrow until further notice, no storm watch or warning has been issued, at least for now.

STORM SURGE: Some coastal flooding is possible in areas of onshore winds.

Florence's forward movement during the day slowed to a near-standstill - sometimes it was going no faster than a human can walk - and that enabled it to pile on the rain.

Philippine authorities began evacuating thousands of people Thursday from the path of the typhoon, closing schools, readying bulldozers for landslides and placing rescuers and troops on full alert in the country's north.

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