Hurricane Nadine, already more than two weeks old, regained… (National Hurricane Center )
The tropical cyclone known as Nadine reached hurricane status for a second time as of 11 a.m. Friday as it continues to circle the Atlantic Ocean.
The storm could become one of the longest-lived in history, already about 16 days old and forecast to survive into next week.
Nadine was about 730 miles southwest of the Azores with 75 mph winds. It could pass close by the Atlantic islands off the African coast for a second time, last brushing past about 10 days ago.
The latest forecast cone has the storm moving northward, to the west of the Azores, before weakening back to tropical storm status Monday and moving more slowly through at least Wednesday. Forecasters don't expect it to last very far beyond that as it approaches colder waters.
Depending what list you're comparing it to, Nadine is among some of the longest-lasting storms. According to one list by the Central Pacific Hurricane Center, Nadine would crack the top 12 longest-lasting Atlantic tropical cyclones once it reaches 17.5 days old.
A list compiled at Colorado State University's Tropical Meteorology Project and posted on the Weather Underground ranked Nadine ninth, as of Thursday, among the longest-lasting Atlantic hurricanes since 1950.
The longest, according to most lists, is Hurricane Ginger, which formed as a tropical depression Sept. 4, 1971, became a tropical storm two days later, struck Morehead City, N.C., as a category 1 hurricane Sept. 30, and dissipated in the North Atlantic Oct. 4.
Aside from the zombie Nadine, the tropics are quiet with a month remaining in the normal storm season.
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