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Record-Breaking Hurricane Lorenzo Lashes Azores, Heads for Ireland

HeadlineOct 03, 2019

In the eastern Atlantic, Hurricane Lorenzo struck the Azores on Wednesday, lashing the Portuguese territory with high winds and heavy surf as it passed just west of the archipelago as a Category 2 storm. At its peak, Lorenzo became a monster Category 5 cyclone with sustained winds of 160 miles per hour — the most powerful hurricane ever observed so far north and east in the Atlantic. It’s now on course to strike Ireland as a rare extratropical cyclone with near-hurricane-force winds. A recent study by British climate researchers found warmer ocean temperatures driven by human activity could triple the number of such storms by the end of the century.

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