Developing Hurricane Ophelia is moving toward Ireland and the UK

Aaron Brown
October 13, 2017

Ophelia had winds of 70 miles per hour and could "become a hurricane at any time today or tomorrow", the hurricane center said.

There have been 15 named storms so far this hurricane season, including Ophelia. "I thought that storm was dead and buried in the central Atlantic".

The 2017 hurricane season was forecast by NOAA, and many other forecast products to be the busiest we have seen since 2010.

Ophelia is the 10 tropical storm in a row to reach the status of a hurricane in the Atlantic Ocean this season, a record that was met in the years 1878, 1886 and 1893.

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The hurricane does not now pose a threat to any land.

But the record deserves an asterisk because Lee could have counted as two storms, according to Brenden Moses, a researcher working on the National Hurricane Center databases.

Ophelia is forecast to drift slowly east for the next day or so before stronger upper-level winds arrive later this week and accelerate it toward the east-northeast just south of the Azores. The storm may still strengthen over the next two days. On average, there are 12 named storms per season in the Atlantic Basin. Its rainbands could hit the southern part of the Azores islands by the weekend and possibly reach Spain and Portugal on the Iberian Peninsula. Then Ophelia will curve north towards Ireland's west coast as a post-tropical storm.

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.

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