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Swells from Hurricane Lorenzo could bring coastal flooding to Florida; NHC watching 2 tropical waves

Atlantic hurricane season

Hurricane Lorenzo is maintaining its strength and moving fast toward the Azores.

It could bring coastal flooding and erosion to Florida and hurricane conditions to the Azores.

Elsewhere, the National Hurricane Center is monitoring two tropical waves south of Florida. Both have a 10 percent chance of development over the next five days.

 

Hurricane Lorenzo

Location: 470 miles southwest of the western Azores Maximum sustained winds: 100 mph Movement: northeast at 25 mph At 11 a.m., the center of Hurricane Lorenzo was located 470 miles southwest of the western Azores.

Maximum sustained winds are near 100 mph, with higher gusts. Only slow weakening is expected during the next 48 hours.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 90 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 345 miles.

Lorenzo is a very large tropical cyclone. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 90 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 345 miles.

The estimated minimum central pressure is 962 mb.

A hurricane warning is in effect for: Flores, Corvo, Faial, Pico, Sao Jorge, Graciosa, Terceira.

A tropical storm warning is in effect for: Sao Miguel, Santa Maria.

 

What to expect on the Space Coast

Minor coastal flooding is possible through Wednesday morning, according to the National Weather Service of Melbourne.

Swells generated by distant, but large and powerful Hurricane Lorenzo over the central Atlantic will build into the central Florida Atlantic surf zone early this week.

These swells will combine with increasing onshore winds and chop, as well as

the King Tides, or highest astronomical tides of the year, to increase the potential for minor coastal flooding around the times of high tides for several days.

High tides will average around one foot above normal through mid day Wednesday.

A high rip current risk is in effect from 8 a.m. through this evening. Ocean conditions will produce strong rip currents in the surf zone, posing a threat to all levels of swimmers. Entering the surf is not advised. A high rip current risk is expected into mid week.

Wave runup from a combination of large swells from distant Hurricane Lorenzo and high astronomical tides may cause water to breach eroded dunes in some locations. Some lowlands along the intracoastal waterways may also experience minor flooding near the times of high tide.

A coastal flood statement is issued when minor coastal flooding is possible near the coast and along low areas near the intracoastal waterways, especially around the times of high tide.

 

Tropical waves south of Florida

The National Hurricane Center is monitoring two areas south of Florida:

A broad area of low pressure located over the northwestern Caribbean Sea is producing an area of disorganized cloudiness and thunderstorms.

Development, if any, of this system is expected to be slow to occur while it moves to the west-northwest near the Yucatan peninsula in a couple of days, and across the southern Gulf of Mexico by Friday.

Formation chance through 48 hours: low, 10 percent. Formation chance through 5 days: low, 10 percent.

Disorganized cloudiness and showers extending from the southeastern Bahamas northeastward over the western Atlantic for several hundred miles are associated with a surface trough.

Any development of this system is expected to be slow to occur while it moves to the northeast at 5 to 10 mph, well south and east of Bermuda.

Formation chance through 48 hours: low, 10 percent. Formation chance through 5 days: low, 10 percent.

 

This article was originally published on floridatoday