The archipelago of the Azores is preparing for the worst. Hurricane Lorenzo, currently category 5 is the highest on the Saffir-Simpson scale, will hit hard the Azores archipelago and especially the group of Western islands. Indeed, the latest forecasts indicate that the center of the hurricane should pass very close to the western group, affecting the entire archipelago next Wednesday. Winds will reach 180 km / h with waves up to 12 meters. What is the weather forecast for the Azores archipelago? What is the trajectory of Hurricane Lorenzo? Lisbob, the expatriate assistant in Portugal, tells you everything about Hurricane Lorenzo and its impact on the Azores archipelago.
Winds up to 200 km / h and waves of 14 meters
Hurricane Lorenzo was on Sunday morning 2,200 kilometers southwest of the Azores and is expected to hit the entire archipelago on Wednesday, according to forecasts from the Portuguese Institute of Sea and Atmosphere (IPMA).
"The trajectory forecasts are confirmed and the center of the hurricane should pass very close to the western group of the archipelago (Flores and Corvo Islands), thus affecting the entire archipelago next Wednesday," said the IPMA in its communicated.
For the western group of the archipelago, southeast winds are forecast with gusts of the order of 180 km / h (with a probability of 20% that the maximum gusts are greater than 200 km / h), heavy rains and strong waves of 10 to 12 meters high.
For the central Azores group, formed by the islands of Faial, Pico, São Jorge, Terceira and Graciosa, the forecasts are almost identical with gusts at 180 km / h (with a probability of 20% that the maximum gusts are greater than 200 km / h), heavy rain and southwest waves of significant height between 10 and 14 meters, with a maximum wave height of 20 meters.
A trajectory and a power still uncertain
São Miguel and Santa Maria, the eastern group of the archipelago, are expected to receive wind gusts of up to 100 km / h and waves of a significant height of seven to nine meters.
However, due to the distance traveled by the hurricane, IPMA notes that there is still some uncertainty as to the exact trajectory and intensity with which it can reach the archipelago, as the intensity of the the hurricane is expected to decline in the next few days.
Hurricane Lorenzo is currently category 5 on the Saffir-Simpson scale, the most extreme category, which assesses the intensity of such phenomena.
Azorean Prime Minister Vasco Cordeiro met with several members of the executive on Saturday to discuss the emergency measures being taken for Hurricane Lorenzo to hit the Azores this week.