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Weekend Reads Hurricane Lorenzo: Storm is largest ever in eastern Atlantic

22:10  27 september  2019
22:10  27 september  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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Forecasters say Hurricane Lorenzo has become the largest and most powerful hurricane that has made it so far east in the Atlantic . The storm 's quick growth was unusual for hurricanes in the Atlantic , which usually gain intensity further west. By 11 a.m. EDT Friday, Lorenzo was located about

Lorenzo formed as a tropical storm on Sept. 23 in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, and it reached Category 5 strength on Sept. 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

Forecasters say Hurricane Lorenzo has become the largest and most powerful hurricane that has made it so far east in the Atlantic.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Lorenzo rapidly grew to a Category 4 storm Thursday, making it the region's third major hurricane of the record-breaking season. The storm's quick growth was unusual for hurricanes in the Atlantic, which usually gain intensity further west.

By 11 a.m. EDT Friday, Lorenzo was located about 1,600 miles southwest of the Azores Islands, moving north-northwest over the central Atlantic at 14 mph.

The storm is powerful — maximum sustained winds clocked in at 140 mph — and large: Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles from the center, and tropical-storm-force winds reach up to 265 miles.

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5 storm Hurricane Lorenzo developed quickly in the eastern Atlantic Ocean with maximum — Strongest tropical cyclone ever recorded: 1979 Typhoon Tip. Typhoon Tip formed in the Northwest It was also one of the largest storms in history with winds extending out 675 miles from its core and The storm was recorded as the strongest hurricane to make landfall in the Atlantic until 84 years

No Category 5 storm had ever been recorded that far north and east in the Atlantic , according to Andrew Latto, a hurricane specialist at the National The storm is expected to bring waves of more than 70 feet high to the Azores, Miguel Miranda, the president of the Portuguese Institute of the Sea

Phil Klotzbach, a research scientist at Colorado State University, called Lorenzo "an interesting case."

Even though water temperatures were near their long-term average values, the storm fed off of low wind shear and ample moisture, Klotzbach said.

"The environment is nearly perfect for it to be as strong as it can be given the water temperatures and upper-level atmospheric temperatures that it has been given," he said. “Most hurricanes don't reach their maximum potential intensity, because even if water temperatures are warmer than what Lorenzo had, shear and moisture content aren't as conducive.”

Only Hurricane Julia, in 2010, intensified to Category 4 status farther east in the Atlantic than Lorenzo did, according to Weather.com. Julia's estimated winds peaked at 140 mph. Many others have seen far greater winds: In 2005, Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma had winds estimated near 180 mph. Hurricane Gilbert, in 1998, saw 185 mph winds.

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Hurricane Lorenzo , the largest storm ever to roam the Eastern Atlantic , is forecast to strike the heart of Ireland’s west coast within days carrying tropical-strength winds, driving rain and a huge storm surge. Once a Category 5 storm with 160 mile (257 kilometer) an hour winds, Lorenzo has lost some

Hurricane Lorenzo , currently spinning over the central Atlantic , first became a hurricane on Wednesday, but by Thursday afternoon, it had rapidly intensified into a major Upon reaching category 5 status, Lorenzo became the first category 5 storm that far east in the Atlantic Ocean.

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Forecasters expect Lorenzo to gradually weaken as it continues moving north on Saturday before turning toward the northeast on Sunday.

While the hurricane doesn't pose any immediate threat to land, swells generated by Lorenzo could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions along the northeastern coast of South America and portions of the Windward Islands, the NHC said.

Tropical Storm Karen, meanwhile will continue to dissipate over the weekend, the NHC said. It was about 390 miles southeast of Bermuda on Friday morning, with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph.

September is the peak month for hurricane and tropical storm activity in both the Atlantic and Pacific, according to NOAA. Klotzbach said conditions are ripe for an "above-average" end to the 2019 hurricane season.

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Lorenzo strengthened from a tropical storm last Tuesday into a hurricane by Wednesday, first reaching Category 4 hurricane strength by late Thursday morning. Lorenzo then weakened to Category 3 strength late Friday, before regaining Category 4 strength on Saturday and hitting

HURRICANE LORENZO is a record-breaking 155mph, and is the strongest hurricane ever recorded so far east in the Atlantic . Hurricane Lorenzo is an incredibly powerful hurricane according to the National Hurricane Center, and it is continuing to strengthen as it tracks through the eastern Atlantic

"We still have October and November to go, so it remains to be seen exactly how much above-average the season will end up being," Klotzbach said.

Earlier this month, Hurricane Dorian became the fifth Category 5 hurricane in the past four Atlantic hurricane seasons, joining Matthew, Irma, Maria and Michael, each of which left a trail of death and destruction.

The NHC expected to issue an updated hurricane at 5 p.m. Friday.

Contributing: Doyle Rice, Kristin Lam, USA TODAY

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Hurricane Lorenzo path: Storm is largest ever in eastern Atlantic

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