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Category 2 Hurricane Batters Mid-Atlantic Azores Islands

Category 2 Hurricane Batters Mid-Atlantic Azores Islands

Wednesday, 02 October 2019 03:39 AM

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Hurricane Lorenzo is lashing the mid-Atlantic Azores Islands with heavy rain, powerful winds and high waves.

The Category 2 hurricane passed the Portuguese island chain Wednesday.

The Azores Civil Protection Agency says the two westernmost islands suffered minor damage, including fallen trees and power lines, but says no injuries have been reported.

Civil Protection Agency chief Carlos Neves says two homes were safely evacuated.

Around 250,000 people live on the nine volcanic islands.

The Portuguese weather agency reports gusts of up to 145 kph (90 mph) — lower than forecast as Lorenzo loses power over cooler water.

Powerful hurricanes are rare so far north and east in the Atlantic basin. Lorenzo is producing huge swells across the North Atlantic as it moves northeast toward Ireland the United Kingdom.

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