The five central islands are on red alert for high swells on Wednesday. (NOAA/GOES East) Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 90 miles from … Lorenzo formed as a tropical storm on Sept. 23 in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, and it reached Category 5 strength on Sept. 28, with winds nearing 160 mph (260 km/h), the National Hurricane Center (NHC) reported. With winds of 145 mph, Hurricane #Lorenzo really is in a league of its own for this time of year. Severe weather conditions are not uncommon in the exposed island chain. Lorenzo was a Category 2 hurricane … Waves building toward the Azores and Europe will be "enormous," with some nearing heights of 100 feet (31 meters), NHC scientist Eric Blake said in a tweet. Thank you for signing up to Live Science. "A Category 5 hurricane this far east this late in the season is almost unbelievable. HURRICANE Lorenzo has battered the Portuguese islands of Azores, pulling down trees and power lines as it continued on its path towards Ireland. Lorenzo was previously a Category 5 hurricane, the strongest storm ever observed so far north and east in the Atlantic basin. It also canceled Wednesday classes at schools and told government workers to stay at home, except for emergency workers. Hurricane season's most intense period is winding down, but it isn't quite done with us yet. The remote islands are home to about 250,000 people. 30 September 2019. pic.twitter.com/n8s8cjypa0September 30, 2019. But Lorenzo is the first hurricane of this strength to appear so far to the east — about 650 miles farther east than Hurricane Hugo, the former record-holder that pummeled the Caribbean with Category 5 winds in 1989, according to the Weather Channel. Related: Hurricane Season 2019: How Long It Lasts and What to Expect. Hurricane Lorenzo powered across the Atlantic Ocean on Wednesday, lashing the Azores Islands with heavy rains, powerful winds and high waves … Hurricane Lorenzo roared past the western Azores Islands early Wednesday morning, passing 55 miles to the north of Flores Island at 2 am EDT Wednesday as a Category 1 hurricane with 90 mph winds. With tropical storm force winds reaching hundreds of miles from its center, the storm will remain "a significant hurricane" as it nears the Azores, according to the NHC. Hurricane Lorenzo can be seen approaching The Azores on Tuesday. Nuno Moreira, head of the weather department at Portugal’s Institute for the Sea and Atmosphere, says Lorenzo is so big that it is taking longer than usual to weaken. It is already producing huge seas over the North Atlantic, according to the hurricane center. HURRICANE LORENZO tore through much of Portugal’s Azores islands today, causing significant damage to roads, trees and infrastructure. New York, The Category 2 Hurricane Lorenzo is expected to hit the Portuguese islands Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. Please refresh the page and try again. … The U.S. National Hurricane Center forecasts continuing large swells around the North Atlantic basin in the coming days, producing life-threatening surf and rip tide conditions. Authorities in the archipelago have placed the two westernmost islands, Flores and Corvo, on red alert from midnight through noon (1200 GMT) Wednesday. As Lorenzo travels on a northeast trajectory, its strong winds are sending powerful swells through the North Atlantic, creating rip currents and surf conditions that could be life-threatening, the NHC warned in the advisory. Lorenzo is moving rapidly away from the Azores and the large hurricane is now focused on Ireland and the United Kingdom. Hurricane Lorenzo Approaches The Azores Islands Near Portugal The Category 2 storm is expected to bring heavy winds and life-threatening surf. Dense Fog Advisory in effect until 9:00 AM EST. CNN's Allison Chinchar has the latest forecast. pic.twitter.com/PDz6BCt1YKSeptember 27, 2019. Since the 1920s, 35 Category 5 storms — hurricanes with winds of 157 mph (252 km/h) or higher — have formed in the Atlantic. #Lorenzo is forecast to send enormous waves toward the Azores and Western Europe- with a peak significant wave height of ~50 ft (15m), some individual waves will likely be near 100 feet! Hurricane Lorenzo reached Portugal's Azores islands early on Wednesday, causing power outages and knocking down trees across the mid-Atlantic archipelago, authorities said. Atlantic hurricane season typically winds down around the end of November, though the most powerful storms emerge between August and October, according to the NHC. Waves up to 22 meters high and hurricane … LISBON, Portugal (AP) — A hurricane packing a punch rarely witnessed in the mid-Atlantic Ocean is bearing down on the Azores Islands, placing emergency services on red alert for waves that could reach eight stories high, winds that could flatten homes and heavy rains that could turn into torrents on steep mountains. Wow doesn't do this justice," Lowry said in another tweet. Hurricane Lorenzo, the weirdest storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, struck the Azores on Wednesday and is forecast to continue its jaunt across the eastern Atlantic toward Ireland. NY 10036. This was the outcome when Hurricane Lorenzo’s powerful winds hit the mid-Atlantic Azores. Hurricane Lorenzo passed by the Azores islands this morning packing high winds of more than 100mph. The center of Lorenzo is expected to pass near the western Azores islands early Wednesday. The Portuguese weather agency expects Lorenzo to weaken to a Category 1 hurricane on Wednesday as it heads northeast. Ireland is currently bracing itself for the the arrival of Storm Lorenzo, but the powerful weather front has already impacted other areas. (AP Photo/Joao Henriques), Connect with the definitive source for global and local news. At 11 am EDT Monday, Lorenzo was speeding north-northeast at 15 mph towards the Azores … The Azores regional government sent crews out to clear drainage systems during calm daytime weather Tuesday and told residents to prepare their homes. Lorenzo was previously a Category 5 hurricane, the strongest storm ever observed so far north and east in the Atlantic basin. © Hurricane Lorenzo is the strongest hurricane ever recorded so far east in the Atlantic Ocean. Satellite images captured by NOAA's GOES-16 (GOES-East) showed Hurricane Lorenzo as it rapidly intensified from a Category 2 storm to a Category 4 storm on Sept. 26. Lorenzo then weakened even faster than it had strengthened. Britain’s Met Office said Lorenzo would bring very strong winds and heavy rains to western areas of the U.K. on Thursday and Friday. Stay up to date on the coronavirus outbreak by signing up to our newsletter today. Hurricane Lorenzo remains a large storm and will bring hurricane winds to the western Azores by early Wednesday. The Category 2 hurricane is expected to hit the Atlantic Ocean Portuguese archipelago of the Azores Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. The hurricane, packing 90-mile per hour (150 kph) winds, was likely to cause … Hurricane Lorenzo, a powerful storm now bearing down on the Azores, is the strongest hurricane to form this far east in the Atlantic. Hurricane Lorenzo strengthened into a Category 4 storm as it churned in the central Atlantic, heading toward the Azores. Hurricane Lorenzo is expected to hit Portugal's Azores islands early on Wednesday, potentially causing life-threatening flash floods, even as it weakened along its path on Monday. Lorenzo is surprisingly strong — and much farther east than is usual for powerful storms. Hurricane Lorenzo lashed the Azores Islands with heavy rains, powerful winds and high waves Wednesday, before transitioning to a strong post … Most powerful storms that formed in the Atlantic reached their peak strength as they neared the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico. The system made landfall at 4am (5am BST) as a Category 2 hurricane … Besides high winds and rough seas, the islands are forecast to be drenched by torrential rains. By Hurricane Lorenzo continues toward the Azores 01:31 (CNN) Multiple islands in the Atlantic were under a hurricane or tropical storm watch Monday morning as Hurricane Lorenzo inched closer. Future US, Inc. 11 West 42nd Street, 15th Floor, According to the hurricane center's forecast track, Lorenzo is expected to pass over or near the Azores in a few days. Hurricane Lorenzo was moving rapidly away from the Azores after it struck the mid-Atlantic islands early on Wednesday, causing damage ranging from power outages to a partially destroyed pier. It predicts that Lorenzo will be slow to weaken but probably will be below hurricane strength as it approaches Ireland and the United Kingdom. Residents board up a door in preparation for the arrival of hurricane Lorenzo in Horta, the capital of the Portuguese island of Faial, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019. Lorenzo, now a Category 2 storm with maximum sustained winds of 105 mph (165 km/h), is barreling toward the Azores — an archipelago that lies 972 miles (1,564 km) off the coast of Portugal — and is expected to make landfall early Wednesday morning, according to an NHC advisory issued today (Sept. 30) at 5 a.m. AST. The Category 2 hurricane is expected to hit the Atlantic Ocean Portuguese archipelago of the Azores Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. The Category 2 Hurricane Lorenzo is expected to hit the Portuguese islands Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. The Category 2 Hurricane Lorenzo is expected to hit the Portuguese islands Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. Lorenzo briefly became a Category 5 hurricane at the weekend, the strongest on record this far north and east in the Atlantic, but it has since been downgraded, striking the Azores as a Category 1. 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Some residents boarded up their doorways against expected flooding. Hurricane warnings are flying for the central and western Azores Islands for Hurricane Lorenzo. You will receive a verification email shortly. The US National Hurricane Centre in Miami said swells generated by Lorenzo were being felt … Although Lorenzo is expected to weaken somewhat over the next 48 hours, the reach of its winds will likely expand. There was a problem. Lorenzo was previously a Category 5 hurricane, the strongest storm ever observed so far north and east in the Atlantic basin. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami issued hurricane warnings for seven of the Azores’ nine volcanic islands and a tropical storm warning for the other two. Hurricane Lorenzo powered across the Atlantic Ocean on Wednesday, lashing the Azores with heavy rains, powerful winds and high waves and significantly damaging one island's main port. Waves up to 22 meters (72 feet) high and hurricane … Visit our corporate site. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami issued hurricane warnings for seven of the Azores' nine volcanic islands and a tropical storm warning for the other two. Waves up to 22 metres high and wind gusts over 200 kilometres per hour are forecast for parts of the mid-Atlantic Azores Islands as Hurricane Lorenzo bears down on the archipelago. Residents board up a door in preparation for the arrival of hurricane Lorenzo in Horta, the capital of the Portuguese island of Faial, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019. The remote islands are home to about 250,000 people. Although the storm will downgrade from its more serious category 5 hurricane before it hits Ireland, it remained incredibly strong when it hit The Azores earlier this week. The exact strength at landfall is not yet clear, but it is certain to be a strong hurricane. By Emily Ferguson PUBLISHED: 14:19, Wed, Oct … Waves up to 22 meters (72 feet) high and hurricane wind gusts over 200 kilometers mph (124 mph) are forecast for some islands. A man reinforces with ropes the mooring of his boat at a port before the arrival of Hurricane Lorenzo in Angra do Heroismo in the Azores islands, Portugal, Oct. 1, 2019. Lorenzo became a category 5 hurricane when it reached its peak intensity of 140 kt around 0300 UTC 29 September , while centered about 1400 n mi southwest of the Azores (cover image). Mindy Weisberger - Senior Writer It could make a rare landfall there with hurricane-force winds and crippling surf. And the latest storm to watch is whipping things up much farther east than where powerful hurricanes are typically found. Hurricane Lorenzo briefly became a Category 5 hurricane in late September 2019, the most intense eastern Atlantic hurricane on record, before slamming into the Azores as … It is now higher confidence that hurricane Lorenzo will re-curve more towards northeast rather than north, which is turning this into a dangerous situation, as it is heading directly towards the Azores, likely impacting the islands as a category 2/3 storm. “It’s a rare event ... but not unique,” Moreira said of Lorenzo, noting that two storms of similar strength hit the islands in the 1990s. While no immediate threat to the land, it could threaten the Azores … But hurricanes usually wind down by the time they reach the area’s cooler waters. Hurricane Lorenzo powered across the Atlantic Ocean on Wednesday, lashing the Azores with heavy rains, powerful winds and high waves and significantly damaging one island’s main port. 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