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Hurricane Lorenzo briefly reaches Category 5 strength, becomes record-setting storm in far east Atlantic

The fifth hurricane of the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season roared into the record books late Saturday when it became the strongest storm ever observed so far north and east in this part of the Atlantic Ocean.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said as of 11 a.m. Sunday that Lorenzo is back to being a Category 4 storm in the central Atlantic Ocean after spending several hours as a Category 5 storm, which made it “the strongest hurricane on record this far north and east in the Atlantic basin.”

The storm is moving north at 10 mph and is centered about 1,315 miles southwest of the Azores, a Portuguese island chain, while packing maximum sustained winds of 145 mph.

HURRICANE LORENZO STRENGTHENS TO ‘BEASTLY’ CATEGORY 4 STORM

A “major hurricane” is defined as having winds above 111 mph, according to the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Category 3, Category 4 and Category 5 storms are all labeled “major” hurricanes.

There are no coastal watches or warnings currently in effect, although forecasters expect the storm to remain strong as it approaches the Azores over the next few days. Watches could be issued for those islands by Sunday night, forecasters said.

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