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Hurricane Lorenzo becomes the strongest on record in the eastern Atlantic Ocean

Sunday, September 29th 2019, 5:45 pm - Waves heights could exceed dozens of metres on Wednesday and Thursday.

Hurricane Lorenzo briefly strengthened to a Category 5 storm on Saturday evening with maximum sustained winds reaching 260 km/h. The significant strength of this storm made it the strongest hurricane on record this far north and east in the Atlantic.

Lorenzo has since been downgraded to a Category 3 and is weakening as it moves in a northeastward direction over cooler ocean waters.

The storm has the potential to bring extreme weather conditions to Portugal's Azores archipelago including powerful winds, heavy rain, and large waves on Tuesday and Wednesday.

WATCH BELOW: POTENTIAL PATH OF HURRICANE LORENZO

Swells generated by Lorenzo are projected to be above 15 metres and an individual maximum wave could reach a towering 30 metres on Wednesday and Thursday.

Lorenzo's path is by far the most eastern track that any of the previous 35 Category 5 hurricanes have travelled according to records that date back to the 1920s.

Eric Blake, a U.S. National Hurricane Center forecaster, stated that Lorenzo became a Category 5 hurricane almost 1,046 kilometres farther east than the previous easternmost Category 5 hurricane, Hugo in 1989.

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