Ophelia Becomes 10th Atlantic Hurricane Of 2017 Season

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

The storm is moving east at 3 miles per hour, the National Hurricane Center said in an update Wednesday afternoon. It is expected to follow in that general direction till Thursday and pick up speed by the beginning of Friday.

Ophelia is forecast to track northeast through Monday.

Hurricane Ophelia's planning on paying a visit and it's not going to be pretty. Ophelia will then run into an approaching deep-layer trough that will make the hurricane accelerate toward the northeast. The eye of the hurricane is expected to stay offshore.

If the storm strikes Ireland, it would probably not do so as a hurricane, instead having morphed into a powerful extratropical storm as it passed over waters too cold to sustain a conventional tropical system.

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According to the Met Office, Ireland and the United Kingdom can expect plenty of wind and rain early next week after a weekend when temperatures will be unseasonably high and could reach as high as 20 degrees in places.

Ophelia officially strengthened into a hurricane in the far, Eastern Atlantic Wednesday evening. However, according to Mashable, there is no way of telling for sure if the record was repeated in the latter half of the twentieth century, due to the absence of substantial satellite measurements at the time.

Only two other named storms have tracked within 200 nautical miles of the northwestern tip of Spain in NOAA's historical record, dating to 1851. All of those occurred in August or September, except for Hurricane Fran in October 1973 and Hurricane Alex in January 2016, which made landfall shortly after weakening to a tropical storm.

Only two known storms have hit the Iberian Peninsula - one in 1842, and one in 2005. The last time we had nine or more back-to-back hurricanes was 1893. "I thought that storm was dead and buried in the central Atlantic".

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