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Hurricane Lorenzo now a Category 4 storm but no threat to land

Hurricane Lorenzo

Hurricane Lorenzo continued to strengthen on Thursday, becoming a powerful Category 4 hurricane with 130 mph winds.

Meanwhile, to the west and closer to home was Karen, which was barely hanging on as a tropical storm after moving near Puerto Rico earlier this week.

But back to Lorenzo. The National Hurricane Center is forecasting the large storm to remain over the open ocean for at least the next five days. It won’t be a concern for the United States.

As the 10 a.m. CDT advisory from the hurricane center, Hurricane Lorenzo was located about 1,055 miles west of the southernmost Cabo Verde Islands and was moving west-northwest at 13 mph.

Lorenzo’s top sustained winds climbed to 130 mph, making it a Category 4 hurricane and the third major hurricane of the season so far (the others were Dorian and Humberto).

And Lorenzo could get even stronger. The hurricane center’s intensity forecast suggests Lorenzo could peak with winds as high as 145 mph.

“While its exact ranking will be determined later, Lorenzo is one of the largest and most powerful hurricanes of record for the central tropical Atlantic, with the only comparable hurricane in recent times near there being Gabrielle of 1989,” the hurricane center said Thursday morning.

Lorenzo is nothing for the U.S. to worry about. The hurricane center’s track forecast takes the storm northwest over the central Atlantic and then suggests it will recurve to the east over the weekend, keeping it safely away from land.

TROPICAL STORM KAREN

Karen got a bit stronger on Thursday morning but was expected to weaken to a remnant low in the next few days, the hurricane center said.

As of 10 a.m. CDT Thursday, Tropical Storm Karen was located about 405 miles south-southeast of Bermuda and was moving north-northeast at 14 mph.

Karen had winds of 45 mph, making it minimal tropical storm.

Forecasters said wind shear should increase over the storm starting Friday, and that and dry air are expected to weaken Karen to the point it becomes a remnant low or dissipates altogether in three or four days.

Karen — or its remnants — are expected to slow down over the next few days and make a loop over the southwest Atlantic over the weekend.

 

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