Developing Hurricane Ophelia is moving toward Ireland and the UK

Tropical Storm Ophelia to Become Record-Tying 10th Straight Atlantic Hurricane Soon, Then an Intense Post-Tropical

Tropical Storm Ophelia to Become Record-Tying 10th Straight Atlantic Hurricane Soon, Then an Intense Post-Tropical

Hurricanes have wrought havoc to the Caribbean and U.S. Southeast and Gulf Coasts in 2017. The core of Ophelia is located about 1,220 kilometres southwest of the Azores and the storm is moving east at 3 6 km/h.

Tropical Storm Ophelia is on the verge of becoming a hurricane in the northeastern Atlantic.

The last time a hurricane season produced 10 consecutive storms was in 1893, according to Colorado State University meteorologist Phil Klotzbach, when tracking hurricanes largely relied on ships and barometric readings.

At 5 pm Wednesday afternoon, Ophelia was upgraded to a category 1 hurricane.

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While Ophelia may lose the technical aspects that make it a hurricane, it could still pack a punch. This type of post-analysis occurs after every hurricane season, sometimes leading to the addition of previously unnamed storms or tweaking of tropical cyclone intensities.

Earlier forecasts had suggested Ophelia could approach Spain and Portugal's Iberian Peninsula as a tropical system, which would have been unprecedented.

"After that time, Ophelia is forecast to turn eastward, then northeastward and begin to accelerate by day three ahead of a deepening mid-latitude trough over the north-central Atlantic".

With the organization of Tropical Storm Ophelia, there have now been 15 named storms this season. Strongest winds are far from the center and higher in the atmosphere.

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