Isaac back at tropical storm strength: U.S. NHC

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The hurricane center said the storm will eventually break up over the southern Appalachians and make a sharp rightward swing to the northeast, its rainy remnants moving into the mid-Atlantic states and New England by the middle of next week. Isaac is expected to dissipate within the next few days. A hurricane watch stretches from Edisto Beach, South Carolina to the South Santee River. Tropical storm conditions are possible within the tropical storm watch area on Thursday. Based on the current forecast track, the North Carolina coast is most susceptible to a direct strike while impacts are to extend far from the center. It is moving northwest at 15 miles per hour, according to the NHC's update at 11 a.m. Sept 12.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has detailed online how hurricanes take shape.

Meteorologist Ryan Maue of weathermodels.com calculated that Florence could dump a staggering 18 trillion gallons (68 trillion litres) of rain over a week on North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky and Maryland.

However, according to the latest projections, the storm might shift slightly to the south and affect Georgia with heavy rain and possible flooding. Fountain says most storms are an inconvenience, "but Hurricane Florence will be a life-changing event for many people here in the Carolinas".

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Joyce is centered about 870 miles (1,400 kilometers) southwest of the Azores and is moving southwest at 6 mph (9 kph). "Interests there should monitor the progress of this system, and refer to products from their local weather office", the NHC warned.

Amid a flurry of tropical weather activity in the Atlantic Ocean basin, a new tropical disturbance is set to catch attention in the coming week as it slides from the Caribbean Sea into the western Gulf of Mexico.

Numerous showers and thunderstorms continue in association with an elongated low pressure area located near the coasts of Texas and northeastern Mexico.

According to the National Hurricane Center's 11 p.m. Tuesday update, Isaac has weakened somewhat in the previous 24 hours and is now expected to enter the Caribbean Thursday evening as a tropical storm, rather than a hurricane.

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