Published On: Thu, Sep 26th, 2019

Hurricane Lorenzo satellite images: Alarming pictures as Lorenzo now a major hurricane | World | News


The National Hurricane Centre (NHC) reported Hurricane Lorenzo churning about 995 miles (1,600km) west of the Cabo Verde Islands on Thursday. The storm is now classified as a Category 3, making it a ‘major hurricane’ on the Saffir-Simpson scale. Lorenzo is currently packing maximum sustained winds of 125mph (205kmh).

In the most recent public advisory, published at 6am AST (11am BST) on Thursday, the NHC reported Lorenzo moving toward the west-northwest near 15mph (24kmh).

The NHC said: “Lorenzo is forecast to turn toward the northwest and begin moving at a slightly slower speed later today. A turn toward the north is then anticipated on Saturday.”

The storm is expected to continue strengthening, with some forecasters even expecting it to become a Category 5 hurricane, the second of this season.

The first was Hurricane Dorian, which devastated the Bahamas, leaving tens of thousands homeless and claiming dozens of lives.

Lorenzo isn’t forecast to strike land at this stage, but shipping interests are advised to keep a close watch on the storm.

The hurricane will approach the Azores archipelago on Wednesday next week, but is forecast to have weakened significantly by then.

However, heavy rain, strong winds and rough seas are all still possible, and locals should keep an eye on forecasts.

Some spaghetti models are even showing Lorenzo, if it continues strengthening, could make it as far as Ireland, bringing impacts to the UK.

Hurricanes are known to be unpredictable, and anyone likely to be affected should keep a close watch on forecasts.

Accuweather forecasters reported: “Lorenzo may eventually be a threat to the Azores later next week.

“However, since there is always a possibility of steering winds changing over time, interests over the Lesser Antilles, the Bahamas, the Azores, and especially mid-ocean shipping, should monitor the progress of Lorenzo.”

This has already been a record-breaking hurricane season.

According to Colorado State University Meteorologist Philip Klotzbach, the Western Hemisphere, which encompasses the Atlantic and eastern Pacific basins, has generated 16 named storms since August 21.

Mr Klotzbach wrote on Twitter: “This is the most on record for the Western Hemisphere between Aug. 21 – Sept. 23, breaking the old record of 15 named storms set in 1984 and 2002.”

The worst of these was Hurricane Dorian, the effects of which are still being heavily felt in the Bahamas.

At least 50 people have been confirmed dead, but with hundreds still missing, this number is expected to rise.

Approximately 70,000 people remain in desperate need of humanitarian aid.

If you’d like to get involved with the Hurricane Dorian relief efforts, head HERE.



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