Hurricane Lorenzois currently lashing the mid-Atlantic Azores Islands with heavy rain, powerful winds and high waves, with the remnants of the storm expected to hit the UK and Ireland tomorrow.
In a statement, the Azores Civil Protection Agency said the hurricane felled trees and power lines as it passed just west of the Portuguese island chain, with maximum sustained winds of (mph.)
“Ex-Lorenzo” will bring further wet and windy conditions to the British Isles on Thursday and Friday, theMet Officesaid, following days of unpleasant weather.
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More weather warnings issued
Met Eireann has issued an orange wind warning for Galway, Mayo, Clare, Cork, Kerry and Limerick between 6pm and 3am on tomorrow.
It said the low-pressure system, which it has named Storm Lorenzo, could bring gusts between 62 mph and 80 mph.
A yellow weather warning is also in place from 3pm to 10 pm tomorrow for Northern Ireland’s coastline.
September UK rainfall above average
The storm comes as the latest Met Office figures show that UK rainfall was 27% above average for September, with 122 .4mm falling during the month, compared to the .4mm average.
Despite the downpour, the Environment Agency declared a drought in Hertfordshire and north London yesterday, when much of the country was experiencing flash flooding.
Seafront homes damaged on Azores Islands
Heavy rain, powerful winds and high waves have damaged homes and blocked roads with debris on the Portuguese island of Faial, as Hurrian Lorenzo tears through the region.
Winds of up to 65 mph to hit southwest England and Wales
Lorenzo will bring gusts of up to 65 mph and big waves on the coasts southwest England and south Wales on Friday, the Met Office said.
When will Hurricane Lorenzo hit the UK?
Lorenzo, which is currently south-west of Portugal’s Azores islands, is expected to bring wet and very windy conditions to the UK’s western regions tomorrow. Read the full report here:
UK braces for freezing temperatures and 60 mph winds
The Met Office is warning of transport disruption and power cuts in Northern Ireland, South West England and Wales on Thursday and Friday.
It said the storm, which is due to hit Northern Ireland on Thursday, is expected to bring heavy rain and wind speeds of up to 60 mph in coastal areas.
Swells from Hurricane Lorenzo felt as far as the Bahamas
Swells generated by Hurricane Lorenzo are even being felt along the eastern coast of the United States, Canada, the Bahamas and parts of western Europe, the US National Hurricane Center in Miami said. The swells are bringing life-threatening surf and rip currents, it warned.
Roads blocked as winds lash Azores Islands
Debris blocks a road on the Portuguese island of Faial as Hurricane Lorenzo lashes the mid-Atlantic Azores Islands with high waves and powerful winds.
Winds of up to 80 mph to hit Ireland coast
BBC Meteorologist Matt Taylor warns winds of up to 80 mph are expected to hit the Atlantic coast of Ireland tomorrow night, with dangerous seas likely.
Wind speeds hit 90 mph in Azores
The Portuguese weather agency reported gusts of up to 90 mph in the Azores, as Lorenzo lost power over cooler water. “Fortunately, everything indicates that things have not turned out as badly as we feared,” Portuguese prime minister Antonio Costa said.
Weather warnings in place
The Met Office has issued a severe weather warning for tomorrow, with the remnants of Hurricane Lorenzo expected to barrel towards the British Isles.
Seven islands on alert
Authorities in the Azores placed seven islands on red alert as Lorenzo approached. School classes were cancelled and government offices were closed as people were told to remain indoors today.
Schools and roads shut
Lorenzo briefly became a Category 5 hurricane at the weekend, the strongest on record this far north and east in the Atlantic, but it has since been downgraded, striking the Azores as a Category 1.
Schools and non-emergency services will be cl osed across the Azores on Wednesday, the regional government has said, with ports on some islands also shut.
Lorenzo is forecast move away from the Azores today and closer to Ireland on Thursday evening.
Power outages across Azores
The hurricane has caused power outages and knocked down trees across the Azores.
The eye of Lorenzo is near Flores island in the western Azores, theNational Hurricane Centersaid, but the storm is expected to move northeast quickly.
Hurricane warnings are still in effect for the islands of Flores, Corvo, Faial, Pico, Sao Jorge, Graciosa and Terceira.
Hurricane Lorenzo lashing Azores
Good morning and welcome to our live coverage ofHurricane Lorenzo, as the Category 1 storm continues to lash the Azores Islands.
The hurricane, packing 90 – mile per hour 150 kph) winds, is likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions, according to the US-based National Hurricane Center.
The remnants of the storm are expected to hit the UK and Ireland tomorrow, according to the Met Office, bringing more wet and windy weather.