Developing Hurricane Ophelia is moving toward Ireland and the UK

Developing Hurricane Ophelia is moving toward Ireland and the UK

Forecasters expect Ophelia to continue to slowly move on a northeast track before accelerating toward Europe. The storm, moving east at 3 miles per hour, has maximum sustained winds of 75 mph.

Ophelia is over only marginally warm enough waters to sustain a tropical cyclone, but the upper atmosphere is crushingly cold causing enough instability for a hurricane to form, said Bob Henson, a meteorologist and blogger with Weather Underground. What's even more impressive is that there has not been 6 named storms in a row that became hurricanes in the last 100 years.

Forecasters say Ophelia has become the 10th hurricane of the 2017 Atlantic season, churning far out at sea and no threat to land.

Tropical Storm Ophelia looked like a hurricane but wasn't one quite yet, the National Hurricane Center said Wednesday morning.




To add to that, the 10 hurricanes we've had this season have been consecutive - Franklin to Ophelia.

While Ophelia may lose the technical aspects that make it a hurricane, it could still pack a punch.

Ophalia is presently the only storm the NHC is tracking in the Atlantic or Pacific. The official forecast for Ophelia calls for the hurricane to peak at 85 miles per hour Thursday and Friday. The storm may still be capable of producing powerful winds, on the order of 60 to 80 miles per hour, when it makes its closest approach to Ireland and the United Kingdom, which it's forecast to do on Monday.

Ireland regularly deals with the remnants of tropical systems, but Ophelia is going to approach the island as a stronger system than the usual remnant lows.

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