Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:
In the Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Depression Florence is located about 20 mi…35 km sw of Columbia South Carolina with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…w or 280 degrees at 8 mph…13 km/h.
Tropical Storm Helene is located about 270 mi…435 km n of Faial island in the central Azores with maximum sustained winds…50 mph…85 km/h. Present movement…ne or 50 degrees at 25 mph…41 km/h.
Tropical Storm Joyce is located about 580 mi…930 km wsw of the Azores with maximum sustained winds…40 mph…65 km/h. Present movement…ene or 75 degrees at 17 mph…28 km/h.
In the Western Pacific Ocean: Typhoon 26w (Mangkhut), located approximately 54 nm southwest of Hong Kong, is tracking west-northwestward at 17 knots.
In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 01s (One), located approximately 425 nm southwest of Diego Garcia, is tracking west-southwestward at 12 knots.
East Coast, USA – At least 14 deaths from Florence have been confirmed with the worst flooding still expected to come. Swansboro, N.C. has now received more than 30 inches of rain; several other have received more than 20 inches. Florence is causing flash flooding and major river flooding over a “significant portion” of North and South Carolina. Life-threatening, catastrophic flash floods and prolonged significant river flooding are possible in portions of North Carolina, South Carolina and the southern to central Appalachias to western North Carolina to west-central Virginia and far-eastern West Virginia into early next week, the National Weather Service said. Landslides are also possible in the higher terrain of the southern and central Appalachias across western North Carolina into southwestern Virginia as Florence moves inland. Water levels along the North and South Carolina coasts are gradually receding as of Saturday night. Nearly 1 million homes and businesses lost power in North and South Carolina. A couple of tornadoes are still possible through Sunday in North Carolina and northeastern South Carolina, the NHC said.
Philippines – A super typhoon swirled towards Hong Kong and the Chinese coast on Sunday, gaining in strength over the South China Sea after hurtling through the Philippines, where it wreaked havoc that killed at least 25. Tropical cyclone Mangkhut is considered the strongest to hit the region this year, packing gale force winds of more than 200 kph, equivalent to a maximum Category 5 “intense hurricane” in the Atlantic. Philippine authorities said at least 25 people were killed, including a baby and a toddler, most of them in landslides in mountainous areas that left at least 13 missing. Mangkhut, the Thai name for Southeast Asia’s mangosteen fruit, was expected to skirt 100 km south of Hong Kong and veer west towards the coast of China’s southern Guangdong province, and the gaming centre of Macau. Hong Kong raised its highest No. 10 typhoon signal at mid-morning, as fierce waves pounded low-lying areas and strong winds rattled windows in many towering skyscrapers.