Hurricane Helene to affect all Azores islands - IPMA

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Hurricane Helene to affect all Azores islands - IPMA

Hurricane Helene, which is brewing out in the Atlantic, is expected to hit the Azores islands on Saturday, and the effects should be felt on all the islands, especially the western ones, according to the Portuguese Met Office, the IPMA.

The hurricane is currently moving north at around 20km/h, and was expected to slow down today, becoming a tropical storm. Nonetheless Helene is bringing with her very strong wind with gusts up to 120km/h, heavy rain and waves of between 6 and 8m high on some islands.

According to the IPMA's forecast, it is likely that the western islands [Flores and Corvo] should begin to feel the effects of the storm from Saturday afternoon”.

The Portuguese Sea and Atmosphere Institute said “very strong wind from the south with gusts up to 120km/h, heavy rain and waves from the south between 6 and 8m high are expected from Thursday afternoon to Sunday” in Flores and Corvo islands.

For the central islands – Faial, Pico, Terceira, Graciosa and Sao Jorge – strong wind from the south is expected with gusts up to 80km/h and periods of heavy rain, while the eastern islands – Sao Miguel and Santa Maria – may experience moderate to weak wind from the south with gusts up to 50km/h and periods of heavy rain.


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