It rapidly grew to a Category 4 storm Thursday. The storm is powerful, maximum sustained winds clocked in at 140 mph and large: Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles from the center, and tropical-storm-force winds reach up to 265 miles. Only Hurricane Julia, in 2010, intensified to Category 4 status farther east in the Atlantic than Lorenzo did. Forecasters expected Lorenzo to gradually weaken as it continues moving north before turning toward the northeast on Sunday. It doesn’t pose any immediate threat to land, swells generated by Lorenzo could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions along the northeastern coast of South America and portions of the Windward Islands.
By early Sunday, Lorenzo was about 1,360 miles southwest of the Azores packing maximum sustained winds of 155 mph. “Lorenzo is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 3 to 6 inches over much of the western Azores and 1 to 2 inches over the central Azores Tuesday and Wednesday. This rainfall could cause life-threatening flash flooding in the western Azores,” the National Hurricane Center said. September is the peak month for hurricane and tropical storm activity in both the Atlantic and Pacific.