Hurricane Gordon nears Azores

Gordon expected to dump 3-6 in. rain over Azores

MIAMI | August 20, 2012

Hurricane Gordon approached the Azores Monday and a warning was in effect, but U.S. forecasters said the storm was expected to weaken.

Gordon, a Category 1 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph, was about 50 miles east of Santa Maria Island in the Azores, moving east-northeast at 15 mph, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said in its 5 a.m. EDT advisory.

Gordon was expected to gradually decrease in forward speed and turn east during the next few days, the center said. On its forecast track, Gordon was predicted to move away from the eastern Azores Islands later Monday.

Gordon was expected to weaken over the next couple of days and become a post-tropical cyclone by Tuesday, the hurricane center said.

Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 35 miles from the center. Tropical storm-force winds extend outward up to 115 miles.

Tropical storm and hurricane conditions affecting the eastern Azores were expected to subside as Gordon moved away from the islands, forecasters said.

Gordon was expected to produce 3-6 inches of rain over the central and eastern Azores.

Swells will cause dangerous surf and rip current conditions in the central and eastern Azores, forecasters said.

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