Hurricane Lorenzo is speeding toward Britain at (mph) 69 kmph), packing maximum sustained winds of (mph) (kmph). This makes it a Category 1hurricaneon the Saffir-Simpson scale. Hurricanes are extremely rare this far east, usually only reaching us as remnants. In fact, Hurricane Lorenzo is the strongest storm ever recorded this far east in the Atlantic.
With that in mind, weather agencies have begun issuing warnings across the British Isles to keep the public safe.
The whole of Ireland is under a warning, and parts of the UK.
Residents across the nation are advised to keep a close eye on warnings and forecasts, as they are likely to change as the storm draws closer.
A string of weather warnings have been put in place across the UK, advising of high winds and the potential for flooding.
Hurricane Lorenzo London: Massive Lorenzo is racing toward the UK at an alarming speed(Image: Getty / NOAA)
Hurricane Lorenzo London: Add five hours to these times for UK time(Image: NOAA)
Will Hurricane Lorenzo hit London?
As you can see from the wind map above, London is in Lorenzo’s line of fire.
According to the US’s Nation al Hurricane Center (NHC), London has a 50 to 60 percent chance of receiving winds over (mph) (km / h) by Friday morning.
This will be the outer bands of the storm as it approaches, with a direct hit expected later in the day, according to the Google Maps overlay below.
Hurricane Lorenzo London: The Google Maps overlay(Image: Google Maps)
Hurricane Lorenzo London: Almost all of the UK is the storm’s path(Image: Accuweather)
This means both morning and evening rush hour could face severe disruption, and commuters should take care .
Lorenzo is an extremely large storm, with hurricane-force winds extend outward about 110 miles (177 km) from its center, while tropical-storm-force winds extend outward about (miles) km).
According to Accuweather forecasters, the risk to lives and property range from ‘average’ to ‘high’ for large swathes of the UK.
These hazards include power cuts, travel disruptions, flooding, high surf and damaging winds.
The Met Office has issued yellow warnings for wind on Wednesday and Thursday, but these don’t cover London at this stage.
Hurricane Lorenzo London: The risk to life and property range from ‘average’ to ‘high’ for large swathes of the UK.(Image: Accuweather)
Hurricane Lorenzo London: The NHC is warning of strong winds and rainfall with accumulations up to two inches in parts.(Image: NOAA)
Currently, the NHC warnings in place are limited to the Azores, the cluster of Portuguese islands in the Atlantic.
A Hurricane Watch is in effect for Flores, Corvo, Faial, Pico, Sao Jorge, Graciosa and Terceira while a Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Sao Miguel and Santa Maria.
The NHC is warning of strong winds and rainfall with accumulations up to two inches in parts.
The latest public advisory said: “Swells generated by Lorenzo have spread across much of the North Atlantic basin, and are affecting the east coast of the United States, Atlantic Canada, the Bahamas, portions of the Greater and the Lesser Antilles, the Azores, and portions of the coast of Europe.
“These swells are likely to cause life -threatening surf and rip current conditions. ”