- Title: Emergency services prepare for hurricane Lorenzo
- Date: 2nd October 2019
- Summary: TERCEIRA, PORTUGAL (OCTOBER 2, 2019) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF WAVES CRASHING ON WALL (SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) PRESIDENT OF AZORES CIVIL PROTECTION, SAYING: "Right now the hurricane has already arrived in the Azores because we are already being affected by it. It is still a little to the southwest of the Flores (island) and it will affect the western islands the most at around 6 a.m." WIND HITTING PALM TREES WIND HITTING BALCONY VARIOUS OF WIND HITTING PALM TREES VARIOUS OF WATER CRASHING ON WALL VARIOUS OF ROAD CLOSED
- Embargoed: 16th October 2019 05:34
- Keywords: storm Lorenzo hurricane emergency services Portugal
- Location: TERCEIRA, PORTUGAL
- City: TERCEIRA, PORTUGAL
- Country: Portugal
- Topics: Disaster/Accidents,Wind/Hurricane/Typhoons/Tornadoes,Editors' Choice
- Reuters ID: LVA001AZELTTZ
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- Story Text:Hurricane Lorenzo has reached Portugal's Azores islands and is already causing strong winds and a few minor incidents across the mid-Atlantic archipelago, authorities said early on Wednesday (October 2).
"Right now the hurricane has already arrived in the Azores because we are already being affected by it," said Carlos Neves, the president of the Azores' civil protection authority.
Speaking to reporters, Neves said the hurricane is southwest of the island of Flores and it will affect the remaining western islands at around 6 a.m. on Wednesday.
The hurricane, packing 100-mph (155-kph) winds, is likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions, with only a slow weakening forecast over the next 48 hours, U.S. forecaster the National Hurricane Center said.
Neves said five minor incidents, such as fallen trees, have been reported so far.
Despite weakening from a Saturday peak, Lorenzo is still a strong Category 2 hurricane but will downgrade to a Category 1 as it continues to follow its path, Portugal's meteorological agency IPMA has said.
Schools and non-emergency public services will be closed on Wednesday, the regional government has said, with ports on some islands also shut.
Authorities closed numerous streets and roads in the Azores as a precautionary measure.
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