Hurricane Florence and Tropics Update: No threats to Palm Bay or Melbourne

Hurricane Florence and Tropical Storm Isaac moving northward, Helene turning west. No threats to Palm Bay or Melbourne, Florida at this time.
Hurricane Florence and Tropical Storm Isaac moving northward, Helene turning west. No threats to Palm Bay or Melbourne, Florida at this time.

PALM BAY, Florida – The tropics are busy with three storms right now as we’re keeping on eye on Hurricane Florence, Tropical Storm Helene, and Tropical Storm Isaac. Helene is expected to become a hurricane on Sunday.

Right now, no storms are threatening Palm Bay, West Melbourne, or Melbourne. It’s still too early to tell where these storms may travel but are unlikely to become Brevard County visitors.

Here’s what we do know about all three:

Hurricane Florence is taking a west-northwestward track with an increase in forward-speed expected by Monday. That motion is expected to continue through Wednesday.

“On the forecast track, the center of Florence will move over the southwestern Atlantic Ocean between Bermuda and the Bahamas Tuesday and Wednesday, and approach the southeastern U.S. coast on Thursday,” according to the National Hurricane Center.

Tropical Storm Helene is expected to become a hurricane on Sunday. A hurricane watch is in effect for The Cabo Verde islands of Santiago, Fogo, and Brava. Helene already has sustained winds near 65 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Hurricane Helene (when it becomes one later today) is expected to steer north and away from Florida.

Tropical Storm Isaac is expected to weaken and dissipate as it encounters unfavorable conditions over the Caribbean Sea. The forecast does not threaten Florida at this time.

While these storms do not pose any threats to Palm Bay or Melbourne, we’ll continue to monitor them and will bring you updates as they happen.

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Raised in Jupiter, Florida, Andy Hodges began his career in the field of radio and TV broadcasting where he worked for about 12 years. He would make a career change to computer programming. Andy spent seven years working for tech companies, including Delta Airlines in Atlanta as a Senior Systems Analyst. In 2002, he moved to Sebastian, Florida. Andy is also the Editor-in-Chief for Sebastian Daily.
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