Hurricane Ophelia meandering in the Atlantic

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Ophelia became a hurricane on Wednesday, becoming the 10th hurricane in the Atlantic in 2017.

"While post tropical Ophelia will likely bring some direct impacts from wind and heavy rain to portions of these areas, as well as risky marine conditions, given the forecast uncertainty at these time ranges it is too soon to determine the exact magnitude, timing and location of the impacts".

Ophelia is much farther north than you will find most hurricanes in the open Atlantic, which means it is not caught up in the normal tropical trade winds that push systems from east to west across the ocean.

The tropical storm was named a hurricane overnight and the US National Hurricane Centre has warned it could strengthen over the coming days. This path looks to bring Ophelia close to the southeastern Azores early in the weekend and model guidance is now in good agreement that the storm will stay offshore of Iberia with fewer weather impacts anticipated for Portugal and Northwest Spain.

The storm was almost stalled Wednesday evening, with sustained winds of 70 miles per hour.


The storm had winds of 120 kilometers an hour and was located some 1,200 kilometers south-west of the Azores, where it posed no immediate danger to land, the hurricane center said.

And those in Ireland and the United Kingdom may have to watch it too. 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.

Met √Čireann, the Irish Meteorological Service, says Ophelia "has the potential to be a high-impact event in parts of the country", listing strong winds, heavy rain, and high seas as likely impacts.

The Met Office predicts some parts of the eastern areas could see highs of 23C on Sunday, with the possibility of even warmer temperatures on Monday.

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