Hurricane Gordon Passes Through Eastern Azores, Set to Weaken

Aug. 20 (Bloomberg) -- 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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