'It Wants to Get Stronger': NOAA Hurricane Hunter Flies into Florence

The clouds within the red square are the outer bands of Hurricane Helene

Also spinning in the Atlantic are Tropical Storms Helene and Isaac and Subtropical Storm Joyce, while Tropical Depression Olivia and Super Typhoon Mangkhut are making waves in the Pacific.

We started tracking Helene as it pushed off of the coastline of Africa and intensified.

A tree fell on the house, killing the baby and mom, the New York Times reported.

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

Officials in North Carolina's Harnett County, about 90 miles inland, urged residents of about 1,100 homes to evacuate because the Lower Little River was rising toward record levels.

The powerful Atlantic storm is resting behind Hurricane Florence which is set to smash into the U.S. coast.

Helene is projected to shift northeastward with an increase in forward speed in the coming days, forecasters said, crossing over or near the Azores late Saturday or Sunday.

And Hurricane Florence will take aim at the Southeast coast of the United States late this week, likely as a major hurricane. Long term projections bring some of the remnants through by the middle of next week - meaning possible heavy rain like we saw with Gordon on Monday night. If the rain bands persist, the National Weather Service may raise the flash flood watch to a flash flood warning triggering the emergency alert system.

Irish weather authority Met Eireann has said it expects wet and windy weather from Storm Helene to hit the southern coast of the Republic on Tuesday, but does not expect any "severe or damaging weather". "There will be some rain but at the moment it doesn't look as though that's going to be the issue".

Isaac is moving west at 21 miles per hour. That's enough to fill the Chesapeake Bay, or cover the entire state of Texas with almost 4 inches (10 centimetres) of water.

North Carolina alone is forecast to get 9.6 trillion gallons (36 trillion liters), enough to cover the Tar Heel state to a depth of about 10 inches (25 centimeters).

"We could get some rain and gusty winds".

Less rain is predicted for St. Thomas, St. John and Water Island.

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