Published On: Fri, Sep 27th, 2019

Hurricane Lorenzo satellite images: Horrifying eye revealed in picture of monster storm | World | News

Incredible satellite images have been captured of Hurricane Lorenzo as it builds over the Atlantic. The storm is currently registering as a Category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale, with maximum sustained winds of 145mph (230kmh). Lorenzo isn’t forecast to make landfall anywhere, but will still pose a hazard.

According to the latest public advisory from the National Hurricane Centre (NHC), Lorenzo could strengthen further before weakening over the weekend.

The storm is located 1,620 miles (2,605 km) southwest of the Azores.

Lorenzo is tracking north-northwest near 14mph (22kmph).

The Azores is in the line of the hurricane’s path, but it is forecast to have weakened significantly by then.

While anyone on the region or at sea should monitor the progress of the storm, those in the US and Caribbean will need to keep an eye on Lorenzo too.

The NHC said: “Swells generated by Lorenzo are affecting portions of the northeastern coast of South America and will affect portions of the Lesser Antilles beginning later today through Saturday.

“These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.”

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.”

Meteorologists have never recorded such a strong hurricane so far east in the Atlantic Ocean.

Hurricane expert Philip Koltzblach tweeted that Lorenzo has “a minimum central pressure (MSLP) of 943 hPa – the lowest for a hurricane this far east in the Atlantic on record.”

He added: “MSLP is another way to evaluate hurricane intensity in addition to maximum sustained wind. Lower pressure means a stronger storm.”

This is the second major storm in this hurricane season, the first of which caused widespread devastation and fatalities.

Category 5 Hurricane Dorian devastated the Bahamas, leaving tens of thousands homeless and claiming dozens of lives.

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.

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