Lorenzo weakening, will hit the Azores tonight


After reaching Category 5 hurricane status on Sunday, Lorenzo has steadily weakened over the last 48 hours — but it’s still a Category 2 hurricane as of 5:00pm, with 100 mph sustained winds and gusts to 120 mph.

Lorenzo will slowly weaken as it races to the northeast today and tomorrow. It’s likely to track directly over the western Azores Islands as a Category 1 hurricane tonight.

After that, Lorenzo becomes “post-tropical” as it moves over colder water in the North Atlantic. It will still bring high surf and gusty winds late this week, as it heads toward Ireland and Scotland.

There are two other areas of disturbed weather that we’re tracking in the tropics, but neither has a good chance of significant development over the next 5 days, and neither will track toward the U.S. coast.

The CBS 17 Storm Team will keep you updated through the rest of the 2019 hurricane season.

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