Tropical Storm Ophelia Strengthening On Southeastern Trek

Trevor Jackson
October 12, 2017

Ophelia is not a threat to United States land, but is raising a few concerns in western Europe.

Ophelia is now located about 785 miles southwest of the Azores, a group of autonomous Portuguese islands in the North Atlantic.

Ophelia is racing across the Atlantic at 6mph and is forecast to reach hurricane strength tomorrow. 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.

More information about the hurricane can be found online.

Perhaps the most impressive statistic is that if Ophelia strengthens to a hurricane, which it is forecast to do, it will be the tenth consecutive hurricane.

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According to the US National Hurricane Centre in an update at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, Hurricane Ophelia was positioned around 760 miles (1220 kilometres) southwest of the Azores with maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour (120 kilometres per hour).

Hurricane season ends on November 30.

"After that time, Ophelia is forecast to turn eastward, then northeastward and begin to accelerate by day three ahead of a deepening mid-latitude trough over the north-central Atlantic". That's a bit of an unusual track for Atlantic storms. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 60 miles from the center.

This could bring a blast of high winds to the Emerald Isle, particularly the western half of Ireland early next week.

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