( )  Hurricane Lorenzo set records as he blasted his way across the central Atlantic, becoming a Category 5 hurricane Saturday night before weakening back to Category 3 status by Sunday evening, CNN reports .
The Hurricane Center announced late Saturday (AST) that Lorenzo had become "the strongest hurricane ever recorded north and east in the Atlantic basin." At 5:00 pm AST on Sunday, the center writes that "The maximum sustained winds are near 115 mph (185 km / h) with higher gusts. Gradual weakening is expected over the next few days, but Lorenzo is expected to remain a major hurricane during this time … Hurricane-force winds extend up to 80 miles (130 km) from the center and tropical storms. extends outwards to 405 km. ”
The storm heads north-northeast at about 10 miles per hour and is about to hit or cross the Azores.
The NHC added that on Tuesday and Wednesday, Lorenzo is expected to fall between three to six inches of rain "over much of the western Azores", creating the risk of "life-threatening flooding" as well as one to two inches in the central Azores. The inflator also spreads across much of the North Atlantic basin and can cause "life-threatening tidal and rupture conditions," the center wrote.
Lorenzo is the "farthest east in the Atlantic" which is the farthest east in the Atlantic of 35 previous Category 5 storms recorded in the Atlantic Ocean since 1920, according to the Meteorological Channel with NHC forecast Eric Blake being "nearly ten degrees (600 miles)" east of the previous record holder .