Hurricane Ophelia moving at crawl in northeastern Atlantic
- Author: Joey Payne Oct 13, 2017,
Oct 13, 2017, 0:08
That is the situation we are now monitoring as Hurricane Ophelia became the Atlantic's tenth hurricane on Wednesday - also becoming a record-tying tenth straight named storm to intensify into a hurricane, the first time this has occurred since 1878. That would keep the center of the storm south of most of the Azores, but close enough that a tropical storm watch or warning might be issued later today.
The 10th hurricane of the 2017 Hurricane Season: Ophelia, continues to swirl in the northeastern Atlantic. But add in that the hurricane has the potential to make landfall in Europe for the first time in over 55 years, well, that's just so 2017, now isn't it?
The storm will no longer be hurricane strength by the time it hits Britain What is the latest United Kingdom weather forecast?
Both Irma and Maria also reached fierce Category 5 strength. Seemingly every thunderstorm complex in the basin turned into a hurricane over the past two months, with many undergoing "rapid intensification" and reaching the top levels of the Saffir-Simpson scale.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center said the storm was located Thursday about 715 miles (1,145 kilometers) southwest of the Azores. The last time a season produced 10 consecutive hurricanes was in 1893, according to Colorado State University meteorologist Phil Klotzbach - a period when tracking hurricanes largely relied on ships and barometric readings. This is allowing Ophelia to drift towards the north and east, towards Europe.
Once the hurricane arrives following its journey across the Atlantic Ocean it is expected to bring winds of up to 70mph.
Forecasters said Ophelia will likely bring some impacts to those areas, but it's still too early to say what they will be.