Hurricane Helene: All you need to know about storm

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The powerful Atlantic storm is resting behind Hurricane Florence which is set to smash into the United States coast. Hurricane watches were in effect on those islands. The hurricane center is giving the system a 50 percent chance of becoming a tropical depression or storm within the next five days. In addition to wind impacts, there's going to be a risky storm surge ("wall of water" that arrives) and then persistent rainfall. 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.

Helene had maximum sustained winds of 70 miles per hour and was moving north-northeast at 22 miles per hour.

Helene is a category 1 hurricane and one of four active storms in the Atlantic as the hurricane season reaches its peak. When that pile of water hits land, it becomes a storm surge, and they can be devastating.

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All watches and warnings that had been issued on neighboring islands were canceled Thursday.

Subtropical Storm Joyce is located 945 miles west-southwest of the Azores and is moving to the southwest at 6 mph (9 km/h).

Florence is now 485 miles from Wilmington, North Carolina.

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The weekend brings quiet conditions and highs near 80 both weekend days (Sunday being slightly warmer and a bit more humid than Saturday). As of 8 a.m., the hurricane is predicted to make landfall along the coast of the Carolinas tomorrow (Sept. 14), according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Hurricane Center. More than 1 million people are under mandatory evacuations in the Carolinas and Virginia, and about 30 million across the Southeast will be affected if the current forecast holds, CNN meteorologist Michael Guy said.

WIND: Tropical storm conditions are expected on Martinique, Dominica, and Guadeloupe by tonight or early Thursday.

"Regardless of development, heavy rainfall and gusty winds are expected across portions of northeastern Mexico, Texas, and Louisiana late this week, and interests there should monitor the progress of this system", it added.

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