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Lorenzo dials in on Europe

The latest forecast shows strong winds are on the way for the British Isles.
Hurricane Lorenzo is expected to begin impacting Ireland in the next 24 hours. Forecasters estimate that the British Isles could see 90 mile-per-hour winds. [National Weather Service]
Published Oct. 2

The National Hurricane Center released an advisory Wednesday morning that puts much of the United Kingdom in the direct path of Lorenzo.

The advisory shows the hurricane moving to the northeast at 43 miles per hour. The storm currently has maximum sustained winds of 90 miles per hour and isn’t expected to lose much strength on it’s approach to Ireland. A BBC forecast suggests some parts of Ireland receiving 80 mile-per-hour winds and 39-foot waves in the next 48 hours.

It’s not known how the storm will affect travelers. Dublin Airport is asking those flying on Thursday and Friday to continue checking the status of their flights as Lorenzo approaches.

Tropical activity in Europe isn’t unheard of; the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia struck Ireland in October, 2017 with 100 mile-per-hour winds killing three and causing widespread power outages.

In the western Caribbean, a tropical disturbance has a 20-percent chance of increased development in the next five days. It’s expected to continue moving to the west into the southern Gulf by Friday.

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