Hurricane Helene: All you need to know about storm

Evacuations – Storm Florence on the upper left is set to hit the US late on Thursday or early on Friday More

Evacuations – Storm Florence on the upper left is set to hit the US late on Thursday or early on Friday More

She is now one of a glut of tropical storms in the Atlantic, with Florence sparking mass evacuations as she heads towards landfall in the USA states of North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.

The strong winds are as a result of Storm Helene which is expected to push north-eastwards on Monday.

A Met Office spokeswoman said: "Storm Helene is expected to bring a period of very strong winds to western parts of the United Kingdom late Monday and for a time on Tuesday". The hurricane will weaken as it moves over cooler water, and is expected to be downgraded from hurricane to tropical storm status before making the transition to post-tropical storm on Sunday.

According to the UK Met Office, Helene is projected to head east towards the south-western corners of the UK.

Met Office meteorologist Alan Deakin said: "Hurricane Helene may influence things in combination with an area of low pressure over the coming days".

"Helene has taken a very similar track to that of Ophelia previous year, which is extremely unusual for an Atlantic hurricane", Nolan told us.

Hurricane Helene, which is brewing out in the Atlantic, is expected to hit the Azores islands on Saturday, and the effects should be felt on all the islands, especially the western ones, according to the Portuguese Met Office, the IPMA.

"Hurricane Joyce is also in the Atlantic so we need to see how those two systems are going to move around each other because that could have an impact".

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