Still risky Florence weakens from hurricane to tropical storm: forecasters

Tropical Storm Isaac is expected to be at hurricane strength when it reaches the Lesser Antilles on Thursday

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12 is it moved closer to the Caribbean.

A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, generally within 48 hours.

Meanwhile, emergency response agencies are on alert as the island braces for the possible effects of the tropical cyclone expected to pass south of Jamaica over the weekend.

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Jeff Byard, associate administrator for response and recovery at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), had hours earlier warned that "24 to 36 hours remain for significant threats" from heavy rain, storm surge and flooding. It's a major hurricane barreling toward the coastal areas of South and North Carolina.

As three powerful storms march one by one across the Atlantic Ocean toward the U.S. East Coast and the Caribbean, a fourth is getting ready to roll over the Hawaiian Islands.

"We do not anticipate experiencing any tropical storm or hurricane force winds, but we could experience rain and will be placed under a flash flood watch", said Governor Kenneth Mapp in a release issued late Thursday.

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In Jacksonville, North Carolina, officials rescued about 60 people overnight from a hotel that was collapsing in the storm. The storm made landfall near Wrightsville Beach at 7:15 a.m.as a Category 1 storm packing 90 mile per hour winds.

If you think we've been having some unpredictable weather here in Cape Town, just be grateful you aren't anywhere near the mid-Atlantic coast and the Carolinas in the USA. Isaac is forecast to gradually weaken over the next few days, and could degenerate into a tropical wave during that time.

This week marks the midway point of the Atlantic hurricane season, when storm activity has historically peaked. The winds of Isaac are not expected to affect the Virgin Islands. This rainfall may cause unsafe flash flooding.

"At 2:00 pm today, the centre of Tropical Storm Isaac was located near 14.9W 62.5N or about 130 km west-southwest of Dominica, moving W at 30 km/h with maximum sustained winds of 75 km/h", the Met Office said.

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The firm's prediction for Florence, which is packing 130-mile-per-hour winds, is that it will now move more slowly, reaching land sometime on Saturday as cooler water temperatures delay its progress westward.

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