Ophelia becomes 10th consecutive hurricane this season

Lynette Rowe
October 12, 2017

"These conditions favour strengthening and the NHC forecast again calls for Ophelia to become a hurricane in about 36 hours". But the storm seems to be heading east towards the coast of Spain instead of crossing the Atlantic towards the hurricane-ravaged Caribbean.

Hurricane Ophelia formed Wednesday in the open waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

The NOAA National Hurricane Center's latest storm path shows Ophelia reaching the coast of Portugal by late Sunday night as a post-tropical cyclone with hurricane-strength winds.

As of 5 a.m. EDT, Ophelia, which isn't now a threat to any land, was centered about 785 miles (1,265 kilometers) southwest of the Azores and moving southeast near 6 mph (9 kph). On average through this date, we only have nine named storms - five hurricanes and two major hurricanes.

Tropical Storm Ophelia is gaining strength and is just 4 miles per hour from becoming a hurricane, forecasters said Wednesday. That has not happened since 1893, according to McNoldy.

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While Ophelia may lose the technical aspects that make it a hurricane, it could still pack a punch. That's a bit of an unusual track for Atlantic storms.

After it has hit Portugal, the remnants of Ophelia could bring strong winds to the UK.

With the organization of Tropical Storm Ophelia, there have now been 15 named storms this season.

The Weather Network forecast that Ophelia will merge with another system as it approaches the United Kingdom and Ireland before veering east.

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