Ophelia Becomes 10th Atlantic Hurricane Of 2017 Season

Oct 13, 2017, 00:09
Ophelia Becomes 10th Atlantic Hurricane Of 2017 Season

Way out in the middle of the Atlantic, it's unlikely it will be a threat to USA, although it could possibly be a threat to Ireland, the National Hurricane Center said.

Late Wednesday, hurricane-force winds extended up to 25 miles from Ophelia's center and tropical-storm-force winds extended up to 70 miles.

Hurricane Ophelia is moving northeastwards far out over the Atlantic Ocean.

Overall, the 2017 has been a landmark season, but fortunately beyond Ophelia, there are no storms in the immediate future. That's a bit of an unusual track for Atlantic storms.

Ophelia is not a threat to United States land, but is raising a few concerns in western Europe. A slow northeast drift is expected tonight and tomorrow, followed by an acceleration toward the east-northeast or northeast.

Some of Ophelia's rain bands are likely to hit the Azores islands over the weekend.

This is the 10th consecutive storm to reach hurricane strength in the Atlantic this season, which ties the record also met in 1878, 1886 and 1893.

Hurricane Ophelia may make landfall in Ireland on Monday. 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. Incidentally, all of them have arrived in the months of August or September, except for Hurricane Fran, which swept past the area in October 1973 and Hurricane Alex in January 2016. Only 15 known hurricanes have passed within 200 nautical miles of the Azores since 1851.

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