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Ophelia is 10th straight storm to reach hurricane

13 October, 2017, 00:10 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • Tropical storm Ophelia path map from NOAA

A tropical storm called Ophelia, expected to become Hurricane Ophelia on Thursday, is headed upwards from the Atlantic and could hit the United Kingdom by early next week.

The hurricane's maximum sustained winds early Thursday were near 85 miles per hour (140 kph) with some slight strengthening possible over the next day or two. Some further strengthening is possible over the next two days. No coastal watches or warnings have been issued so far in any of the European coasts, Nola reported.

Ophelia is centered about 725 miles (1,165 kilometers) southwest of the Azores and is moving northeast near 3 mph (6 kph). "I thought that storm was dead and buried in the central Atlantic".

After Ophelia moves past Spain, forecasters say it could hit the Irish coast on Monday as an extra-tropical storm, potentially still with close to hurricane-strength winds.




It certainly looked like a hurricane from satellite images, with a ragged eye visible on Wednesday morning. The last time a season produced 10 consecutive hurricanes was in 1893, according to Colorado State University meteorologist Phil Klotzbach - a period when tracking hurricanes largely relied on ships and barometric readings.

"Since it isn't clear exactly how strong Ophelia is, the intensity forecast is low confidence", National Hurricane Center officials said. It is also expected to make a gradual turn to the northeast starting Thursday night.

The 2017 hurricane season was forecast by NOAA, and many other forecast products to be the busiest we have seen since 2010.

The hurricane does not now pose a threat to any land.

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