Hurricane Ophelia 2017 could bring hurricane conditions to Ireland next week

Lucy Hill
October 14, 2017

Hurricane Ophelia is hurtling toward Britain as the storm moves through the Atlantic Ocean and is set to smash through the United Kingdom this weekend.

The hurricane is expected to weaken somewhat Friday night but remain a hurricane for the next couple of days.

The NOAA NHC have issued a hurricane advisory warning for Ophelia, which is now located over the eastern Atlantic Ocean several hundred miles southwest of the Azores.

Hurricane Ophelia is beating an usual path. Temperatures in the mid-Atlantic are typically too cool for hurricanes to develop.

The NHC says Ophelia is barely moving and is continuing to strengthening, now boasting top sustained winds of 100 miles per hour.

University of Miami hurricane researcher Brian McNoldy says Ophelia is the 10th straight tropical storm to become a hurricane in an Atlantic season.

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No coastal watches or warnings are in effect, though forecasters say residents of the eastern Azores should keep an eye on the storm.

Only slight weakening is forecast during the next 48 hours.

While the hurricane may lose momentum over the weekend, Ophelia will likely bring at least strong winds and rain to Ireland next week.

The milder weather will continue into Sunday, before a serious change on Monday when ex-Hurricane Ophelia hits the province. It was moving east-northeastward at 8 miles per hour - but forecasters said the storm is expected to speed up its forward motion starting Saturday. The hurricane does not now pose a threat to any land.

The storm was about 610 miles southwest of the Azores early Friday, packing maximum sustained winds of 105 mph.

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