Ophelia becomes 10th straight Atlantic hurricane, marking busiest season since 1983

Gwen Vasquez
October 13, 2017

Ophelia became a hurricane on Wednesday, becoming the 10th hurricane in the Atlantic in 2017. So depending on when the transition occurs, these areas could be impacted by a hurricane or a post-tropical storm, though the hurricane or tropical strom-force winds impacting the region won't care about the official storm designation.

Hurricane Ophelia, signalled to arrive on our shores on Monday, will be downgraded from an ex-hurricane and an ex-tropical storm by the time it reaches Ireland and the United Kingdom, but the ECM model shows the current track of its strongest winds travelling across west Munster through midlands, and into north Leinster.

In weather terms however, it is still too early to say for definite whether this storm will impact Ireland to the forecasted strength as predicted, but as for now, it's current path suggests this will be a major weather event.

Additionally, the 2017 hurricane season has been busy - there were two Category 5 storms: Irma and Maria.

The last time so many named storms in a row became hurricanes was in 1893, he said. This makes 10 straight hurricanes in the modern era an even more impressive feat.

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Hurricane Ophelia is crossing the Atlantic Ocean and could bring wet weather and gusts of up to 70mph when it hits Britain's shores.

Ophelia is forecast to drift northeast through today and to pass just south of the Azores into the weekend.

While rare, it is not unprecedented to have post-tropical storms reach the British Isles.

She then moves further northeast then north off the coast of Portugal and Spain.

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