Hurricanes. Florence and Isaac threaten the US and the West Indies

The yellow warning for cyclone (pre-alert level) was activated Monday in Martinique, Guadeloupe and the islands of Saint-Barthélemy and Saint-Martin, near hurricane category 1 Isaac, near one year after the devastating passage of Irma, announced the Guadeloupe and Martinique prefectures.

Isaac became a category 1 hurricane late in the night with wind speeds of about 120 km / h and wind gusts up to 150 km / h, Météo-France said. According to the latest report from the National Hurricane Center (NHC) at 17:00 (Paris time), it was about 1,800 km from the West Indies. "It is a growing threat to the West Indies," and could continue, during the night from Wednesday to Thursday, "between St. Lucia and the North Islands (St. Barth and St. Martin)" or "more likely between Martinique and Antigua ", says Météo-France. The hurricane is "small" and "its route and intensity remain very uncertain," said the prefectures. The hurricane must gradually intensify & # 39; & # 39; to a level of category 2, "before he weakened during his passage over the Caribbean arc", say the prefectures, who expect a marked deterioration in weather conditions. (rain, wind, sea) Wednesday and Thursday, "and invite the population" to stay regularly informed of his evolution. "

The nightmare of Irma

They call in particular for the necessary reserves (food, water, candles, batteries, medicines …), the radio (to keep up to date), and avoid long walks in the mountains or to take the sea . hurricane Isaac appeared a little more than a year after hurricane Irma category 5, a scale never seen in the Atlantic, which devastated Saint-Barth and Saint-Martin, on 6 September 2017, and caused the death of 11 people in Saint-Martin . Two other hurricanes have formed in the Atlantic in recent days: Florence, Category 4 (wind from 210 km / h), approaching the United States and North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, and Hurricane Helene (category 1) currently from Cape Verde. At the beginning of July, the West Indies had already been placed in vigilance, at the approach of hurricane Beryl, category 1, which was eventually weakened to become a tropical wave when approaching the islands.

Hurricane Florence High in Category 4 Threats the American East Coast

Hurricane Florence, which will reach the east coast of the United States this week, was raised to category 4 on Monday, with wind gusts of 195 km / h, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) announced. Three US states, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia, declared the state of emergency in preparation for the impact of Florence at 6 pm GMT according to the latest NHC bulletin. 4 on the scale of Saffir-Simpson, which has five. Authorities in North Carolina ordered first evacuations Monday morning.