After a slow start to the Atlantic
Hurricane season, the last month has been making up for lost time
and intensity with four storms -- all hurricanes -- two of which
reached Category 3, or major hurricane status.
With two hurricanes
on the Atlantic weather maps right now, one poses no significant
threat while the second continues to strengthen, according to the
National Hurricane Center.
Hurricane Gordon, a
Category 1 storm, is centered far west of Portugal's Azores islands
and moving toward the east. Its track should take it near the
island chain over the next 36 hours.
Helene, which grew into a Category 3 storm with winds of 125 mph on
Sept. 17, could threaten Bermuda by the end of the week on its
Bermuda mopped up
from a weakened Hurricane Florence, which skirted the island's west
coast Sept. 12.
Meanwhile, in the
Pacific region, Hurricane Lane weakened to a tropical depression on
Sept. 17 after slamming into a sparsely populated section of
Mexico's Sinaloa state on the west coast. The storm temporarily
knocked out power and cancelled flights in the resort town of
Lane was the second
hurricane to strike the region this month. Hurricane John brought
high winds and heavy rains to the Cabo San Lucas area on Sept. 1,
killing five people and damaging homes and roads.
Miriam churned far off Mexico's Baja peninsula on Sept. 18,
according to the NHC. For the moment, it presented no
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