Ophelia becomes a hurricane, tying record from 1893

Pauline Gross
October 13, 2017

Hurricane Ophelia continues to slowly drift to the northeast over the northeastern Atlantic.

Tropical Storm Ophelia strengthened Wednesday into a hurricane, becoming the 10th consecutive named storm in the Atlantic to reach hurricane intensity.

"While post tropical Ophelia will likely bring some direct impacts from wind and heavy rain to portions of these areas, as well as unsafe 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".

Once the hurricane arrives following its journey across the Atlantic Ocean it is expected to bring winds of up to 70mph.

Ophelia was moving to the northeast at 3 miles per hour with maximum sustained winds of 85 miles per hour with higher gusts.

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Met √Čireann said they are keeping a close eye on Hurricane Ophelia.

The center of the storm will remain well offshore but high wind, heavy rain, and damaging surf will all be possible along the Iberian Peninsula.

And those in Ireland and the United Kingdom may have to watch it too. If it picks up speed, it could intensify over the next day or so, then encounter increasing wind shear in three days that should cause it to weaken and fall apart over the weekend, National Hurricane Center forecasters said.

Ireland's weather service, Met Eireann, said the system "has the potential to be a high-impact event in parts of the country" and issued a severe weather advisory for the area.

Met √Čireann says it's hard to predict the exact path of the hurricane but at the very least Monday will be a windy day with spells of rain.

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