Lorenzo moving faster, growing in size as it nears the Azores

Lorenzo is moving faster toward the northeast and is growing in size.

As of 11 p.m. Monday, the storm is located about 840 miles WSW of Faial Island in the Central Azores and is moving toward the northeast near 20 mph. The hurricane should move in the same general direction but at a faster forward speed during the next few days.

On the forecast track, the center of Lorenzo is expected to pass near the western Azores early on Wednesday.

Maximum sustained winds remain near 105 mph with higher gusts. Only slight weakening is anticipated before Lorenzo moves near the Azores, with faster weakening expected on Thursday.

Lorenzo is a very large tropical cyclone. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 105 miles (165 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 345 miles (555 km).

As of 11 p.m. Monday, September 30:

Location: 32.0 N, 41.2 W

Moving: NE at 20 mph

Min pressure: 956 mb

Max sustained: 105 mph

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