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Hurricane Lorenzo still a Category 4 while Karen gets downgraded

Azores

The National Hurricane Center continued to track powerful Hurricane Lorenzo and not-so-powerful Tropical Depression Karen on Friday morning.

Lorenzo remained a Category 4 hurricane with 140 mph winds, while Karen was downgraded to a depression was forecast to weaken further.

HURRICANE LORENZO

As of 10 a.m. CDT Friday, Hurricane Lorenzo was located about 1,600 miles southwest of the Azores and was moving north-northwest at 14 mph.

Lorenzo remained a powerful Category 4 hurricane with top winds of 140 mph, which is down a bit from earlier today.

The hurricane center said fluctuations in strength will be possible today but Lorenzo should begin to weaken slowly by this weekend.

That’s good news for the Azores. The five-day forecast track shows the core of Lorenzo moving close to some of the islands by early Wednesday.

Lorenzo is forecast to still be a hurricane by that time, but not a major hurricane.

Lorenzo is a big hurricane, however. The hurricane center said that hurricane force winds extend 45 miles outward from its center, and tropical storm winds outward for 265 miles.

Lorenzo is also kicking up waves that are affecting the northeastern coast of South America and will affect some of the Windward Islands later today.

Those swells could cause deadly rip currents and rough surf, forecasters said.

TROPICAL DEPRESSION KAREN

On the other end of the spectrum is Karen, which was downgraded to a tropical depression on Friday morning.

The hurricane center expects Karen to weaken to a remnant low “at any time.”

As of 10 a.m. CDT Friday, Tropical Depression Karen was located about 390 miles southeast of Bermuda and was moving east-northeast at 8 mph.

Karen’s winds decreased to 35 mph.

The hurricane center expects Karen to stall out by tonight then start tracking to the west by Saturday as a remnant low.

The rest of the tropical Atlantic was quiet on Friday, with no new storms expected over the next five days.

 

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