While currently churning just under 400 miles from Sao Miguel Island, Hurricane Gordon is on a path that would produce flooding rains and dangerous winds across the Azores.
The AccuWeather.com Hurricane Center lists Gordon's exact position, along with the other latest statistics on the tropical storm.
Gordon was upgraded to a hurricane early Saturday morning, before strengthening further late Saturday afternoon into a Category 2 hurricane.
Gordon is expected to maintain its hurricane status through Sunday. However, cooler water and stronger wind shear that lie in Gordon's path will force the storm to weaken later Sunday or Monday.
The demise of Gordon will then come in between the Azores and Portugal during the middle of next week, but Gordon will put a fight right to the end.
Sunday night into Monday morning (local time, late Sunday into Sunday night EDT), the AccuWeather.com Hurricane Center expects Gordon to slam the Azores with potentially flooding rain and damaging winds. Parts of the Azores could experience several hours of sustained hurricane-force winds with much stronger gusts.
Odds currently favor the eastern half of these islands enduring the worst of Gordon's fury, and a hurricane warning is in effect for these islands.
The center of Gordon, after crossing the Azores, will likely fizzle before reaching mainland Europe. According to AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Andrew Mussoline, "the demise of Gordon prior to reaching mainland Europe will prevent any significant moisture from reaching Europe."
Dry and sunny conditions will continue in San Francisco for the the official start to winter and the Christmas holiday.
Sunshine will return in full force for the weekend, the official start to winter, and Christmas in Los Angeles.
Big changes are on the way for parts of the Western and Central states late this week and into this weekend.
Similar to the days prior to Thanksgiving, the worst weather will focus on the days prior to Christmas as millions of travelers take to the roads and skies in the U.S. and southern Canada.
Warm air is forecast to surge into much of the eastern half of the nation by the weekend and will be accompanied by heavy rain and flooding risk in some locations.
Thunderstorms in parts of the South this weekend may become strong enough to threaten lives and property.
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