Hurricane Helene turns northwestward, not a threat to land

Hurricane Helene turned northwestward Tuesday and is expected to weaken into a tropical storm by Thursday, forecasters said.

Hurricane Helene (right) trails Tropical Storm Isaac in the eastern Atlantic Ocean Tuesday. Helene is forecast to turn north away from the United States and is not expected to arrive on land. Image courtesy NOAA
Hurricane Helene (right) trails Tropical Storm Isaac in the eastern Atlantic Ocean Tuesday. Helene is forecast to turn north away from the United States and is not expected to arrive on land. Image courtesy NOAA

Helene, a Category 2 storm, had sustained winds of 105 mph in the mid-eastern Atlantic, the National Hurricane Center said in its latest update Tuesday.
The storm is located 725 miles west of the southernmost Cabo Verde Islands and about 1,515 miles south-southwest of the Azores, moving northwest at 12 mph.

Helene is projected to continue northwestward tonight with a turn toward the north-northwest on Wednesday before turning northeastward with increasing forward speed, the NHC said.

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Gradual weakening was expected Tuesday night and last until Helene returns to tropical storm status Thursday, forecasters said.

No coastal watches or warnings have been issued because forecasters don’t expect it to make landfall anywhere.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles.

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Ahead of Helene is Hurricane Florence, a Category 4 storm that’s projected to make landfall near the Carolinas on the U.S. East Coast.

Tropical Storm Isaac a third active storm in the Atlantic is headed for Central America.

ByUPI Staff