Hurricane Lorenzo has passed the Azores and is headed toward Ireland. While the storm, which currently has maximum sustained winds near 85 mph, is expected to slowly weaken over the next two days, it is still expected to be a strong extratropical cyclone when it approaches Ireland Thursday evening, according to the latest update from the National Hurricane Center.
Hurricane warnings remain in effect for parts of the Azores, including Flores, Corvo, Faial, Pico, Sao Jorge, Graciosa and Terceira. Tropical storm warnings are also in effect for Sao Miguel and Santa Maria. These warnings will likely be discontinued today, the National Hurricane Center said.
Hurricane Lorenzo is currently moving toward the northeast, and it is expected to continue heading quickly in this direction through Thursday morning. After that, the cyclone is forecast to slow down and turn eastward by Thursday night, moving near Ireland that evening.
In terms of flight disruptions, Ryanair reports that it was forced to cancel a small number of flights to and from the Azores that had been due to operate on Wednesday, October 2. All customers were notified of their options via email and SMS, Ryanair said, and advised of their options, which were a full refund, rebooking on the next available flight or a transfer to an alternative flight.