Lorenzo strengthens to category 5, still no threat to US


Hurricane Lorenzo has made history Saturday evening as the farthest east a category 5 hurricane has existed in recorded history (beating Hugo’s mark in 1989). This makes 2019 as the 7th Atlantic hurricane season to have 2 category 5 storms. The most recent season was 2017 (Irma and Maria).

Lorenzo has shifted to a more northern track through the day as anticipated. As Lorenzo moves north, and then northeastward, it will encounter colder ocean water and start seeing some shear which will cause it to weaken as it moves towards Europe.

Lorenzo is expected to remain at hurricane strength until it becomes extratropical – or just a regular area of low pressure – by midweek next week. It will bring rain and wind to parts of Europe by the next weekend.

Outside of Lorenzo, the tropics are quiet. No additional areas are currently being monitored by the National Hurricane Center for development over at least the next five days.

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