Lorenzo No Threat to North America, Caribbean

By , AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist
October 23, 2013; 4:00 AM ET
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Lorenzo, located over the central part of the Atlantic Basin, will not affect North America.

Steering winds will guide the system on a northeasterly path taking it away from the Caribbean, the United States and Bermuda.

According to AccuWeather.com Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski, "Disruptive winds will go to work on the system at midweek, causing it to weaken."

Those winds have remained in place and continue to weaken the system. As of the midday hours Thursday, Lorenzo had been downgraded to a tropical rainstorm.

Lorenzo became a tropical storm late Monday afternoon, Oct. 21, 2013.

While the number of hurricanes this season is well below average, there have been an above-average number of tropical storms.

As of Thursday morning, Oct. 22, 2013, there have been 12 systems that have reached at least tropical storm strength this season in the Atlantic with Humberto and Ingrid being the only systems to reach Category 1 hurricane status.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, from 1851 to 2012, on average there have been one to two tropical storms and about one hurricane from late October through the end of November. The total seasonal average number of tropical storms in the Atlantic is 10 with six hurricanes.

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As far as any near-land concerns for tropical systems across the globe, Hurricane Raymond in the Eastern Pacific will impact part of Mexico, and Typhoon Francisco is expected to make a direct hit Japan late this week.

The area in the western Caribbean to the southwestern Gulf of Mexico, which are favored areas during late October into November, will be watched for any signs of development in the coming weeks.

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