National Weather Service officials in Honolulu urged residents to remain careful, noting that the difference between a Category 1 hurricane and a tropical storm is just 5 miles per hour wind speed.
Met Office forecasters have issued a severe weather warning for Monday, September 17 from 6pm until 12pm on Tuesday, September 18 as Storm Helene sweeps across the nation. Hurricane-force winds extended 90 miles (150 kilometers) from its center, and tropical-storm-force winds up to 195 miles (315 kilometers).
There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect. A High Surf Advisory has been posted for the south coast, the Islands and the NH Seacoast associated with Hurricane Florence just off the coast of the Carolinas.
"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. Maximum sustained winds are near 60 miles per hour or 95 km/h.
There is the potential for damaging winds with gusts up to 70mph possible, with sustained winds of 30 to 40mph. Although this tropical storm will not be near Arkansas and Oklahoma, you may have family or friends that are in the risky path.
The storm is expected to produce 3 to 5 inches of rain across Martinique, Dominica, and Guadeloupe, with near 10 inches possible in isolated areas, forecasters said.
Screaming winds bent trees and raindrops flew sideways as Florence's leading edge battered the Carolina coast Thursday.
Since the hurricane season began this summer, there have been nine named storms in the Atlantic, which is above average, Klotzbach said.
Each storm is clearly highlighted on the map and identified with a name, showing that Hurricane Florence is not the only storm looming.
It is presently located about 965 km east-southeast of Kingston, Jamaica. Mandatory evacuations have been issued for much of the SC and North Carolina coastline.
"WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU", the city of New Bern tweeted around 2 a.m.