Hurricane Lorenzo leaves 36 people homeless in Portugal's Azores

Source: Xinhua| 2019-10-02 20:20:10|Editor: ZX
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LISBON, Oct. 2 (Xinhua) -- Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa said on Wednesday that Hurricane Lorenzo had caused an evacuation of more than 100 people in the Azores archipelago of Portugal and left 36 others homeless, Portuguese Lusa News Agency reported.

"According to IPMA (Portuguese Institute of Sea and Atmosphere) forecasts, the worst and the most risky situation is now outdated," the prime minister told reporters at the headquarters of the National Emergency and Civil Protection Authority in Lisbon.

"It should be emphasized in the midst of this considerable number of occurrences that there were no injuries, no victims and that is what makes us more rested," Carlos Neves, the president of the Regional Civil Protection and Fire Service of the Azores, was quoted by Lusa.

He added that in Flores, an island of the Azores, there was "serious damage" in the port of Lajes.

Hurricane Lorenzo has also caused some power outages and led to the closing of 61 roads on all the islands, but the material damages have not been numbered.

According to Carlos Neves, this could be the strongest storm of the past 20 to 22 years to affect the archipelago.