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.

However, Hurricane 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 current path.

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 Mazatlan.

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.

Tropical Storm Miriam churned far off Mexico's Baja peninsula on Sept. 18, according to the NHC. For the moment, it presented no danger.

To contact reporter Gay Nagle Myers, send e-mail to [email protected].

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