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Tropical storm Karen forecast to weaken while Lorenzo reaches Category 4 Hurricane status

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Tropical storm Karen forecast to weaken while Lorenzo reaches Category 4 Hurricane status

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September is the peak month for hurricane and tropical storm activity in both the Atlantic and Pacific, NOAA reports.
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Forecasters predicted the previously uncertain Tropical Storm Karen will dissipate over the weekend, while Lorenzo on Thursday strengthened into a Category 4 Hurricane.  

Lorenzo may threaten the Azores in the east-central Atlantic Ocean next week, AccuWeather warned, and marks the region’s third major hurricane of the record-breaking season. 

No storm watches or warnings were in effect Thursday for either storm, according to the National Hurricane Center. Karen’s maximum sustained winds hit 45 mph Thursday morning, and is expected to make a slow clockwise loop far from the U.S. coast. The storm is projected to become a remnant low by Sunday after weakening by the weekend. 

Meanwhile, Lorenzo could strengthen into a Category 5 hurricane, because little wind shear or dry air lies in its path, said AccuWeather meteorologist Dan Kottlowski. The storm reached wind speeds of 130 mph, with higher gusts Thursday morning as it moved about 1,055 miles west of the southernmost Cabo Verde Islands. 

Winds will likely send Lorenzo northwest into Sunday, then north to northeast into early next week, AccuWeather said. In addition to the Azores, forecasters warned officials in the Lesser Antilles and the Bahamas to monitor Lorenzo as it develops. It is not expected to affect the Caribbean or the U.S.

Since last month, 16 named storms have formed in the Western Hemisphere, said Philip Klotzbach, a tropical scientist at Colorado State University. 

“This is the most on record for the Western Hemisphere between Aug. 21 – Sept. 23, breaking the old record of 15 named storms set in 1984 and 2002,” he tweeted. 

Last week, the six named storms whirling in the Atlantic and Pacific hit a record first set in 1992, forecasters reported.

September is the peak month for hurricane and tropical storm activity in both the Atlantic and Pacific, according to NOAA. 

Contributing: Doyle Rice, USA TODAY

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