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Hurricane Gordon Passes Through Eastern Azores, Set to Weaken

Hurricane Gordon, the seventh named storm of the Atlantic season, passed through the Eastern Azores islands and is forecast to weaken to a post-tropical cyclone, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center.

The hurricane was about 50 miles (80 kilometers) east of the Azores’ Santa Maria Island and is traveling east-northeast at 15 miles per hour, the Miami-based center said in its 5 a.m. Eastern time advisory. The Azores are west of Portugal.

“Gradual weakening is forecast over the next couple of days and Gordon is expected to become a post-tropical cyclone east of the Azores by Tuesday,” the center said. The system is expected to make a turn toward the east in the next couple of days and will move away from the Atlantic islands later today.

Gordon is a Category 1 on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale and has maximum sustained winds of 75 mph, down from 85 mph at 5 p.m yesterday. Hurricane-force winds extend as much as 35 miles outward from the storm’s center, the advisory showed.

A hurricane warning is in effect for the Eastern Azores with Gordon expected to produce as much as 6 inches (15 cm) of rainfall over the Central and Eastern Azores, the center said.

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