Published On: Sun, Sep 29th, 2019

Hurricane Lorenzo track: UK on alert as record-breaking hurricane churns 155mph winds | World | News

Hurricane Lorenzo had dipped back to category three status on Saturday, before rapidly strengthening overnight into Sunday back to a category four. As of the National Hurricane Center (NHC) latest advisory, the record-breaking hurricane was packing winds of 155mph and on course to impact the Azores. Lorenzo is the strongest hurricane on record this far north and east in the Atlantic basin.

Overnight it became a category five hurricane, before slightly weakening back to category four, where it remains.

After the Azores, Lorenzo is forecast to track northward towards Europe, and remnants could impact Ireland and the UK.

Met Office forecaster Steven Keates said: “Lorenzo is a real beast of a storm.

“It will be one of Europe’s strongest-ever tropical storms, as the Azores are part of Europe.

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“Lorenzo is expected to move to the UK by Thursday – bringing a couple of days with potentially worse conditions than this weekend.

“There are scenarios from gales to storm-force 70mph-plus gusts, but there’s uncertainty.

“Big waves and heavy rain are likely, with the west most likely to be affected.

“Before then, five or six inches’ rain will fall between Saturday and Tuesday in the wettest places. It’s clear enough for flooding concerns.

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“People should keep up-to-date with warnings and consider their travel options.”

Ireland and Northern Ireland will first feel the impacts of Lorenzo if the storm sticks to its projected track.

NHC charts show the path of Lorenzo, with the remnants of the storm reaching the British Isles on Thursday.

Met Eireann is watching Lorenzo’s track and warns there is the chance of unsettled weather developing on Thursday and Friday.

There are uncertainties in this forecast however, as the time which Lorenzo could reach Ireland could alter.

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The weather service said: “The progress of Lorenzo and any potential impacts for Ireland are being closely monitored by Met Eireann.”

Lorenzo was the sixth recorded category five storm since 2016, the previous ones being Hurricane Matthew (2016), Irma (2017 ), Maria (2017), Michael (2018) and Hurricane Dorian (2019).

Capital Weather Gang’s tropical weather expert said: “The water under Lorenzo when it was a Category 5 hurricane is about 28C, which is about 1C warmer than average… just enough to give it that extra jolt.”

The NHC warns anyone with interests in the Azores to keep abreast of all warnings and updates.

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