Hurricane Helene continues to weaken. The storm is centered about 1170 miles SSW of the Azores and is moving N at 14 mph. A turn toward the NNE with an increase in forward speed is expected Thursday night followed by a turn toward the NE over the weekend.
Maximum sustained winds have decreased to 75 mph with higher gusts. Continued weakening is forecast over the next couple of days, and Helene is expected to become a tropical storm on Thursday.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles from the center, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 175 miles.
5 a.m. Thursday update
Location: 23.5°N 37.3°W
Moving: N at 14 mph
Min pressure: 986 mb
Max sustained: 75 mph