Hurricane Ophelia forms in the Atlantic Ocean

Tropical Storm Ophelia to Become Record-Tying 10th Straight Atlantic Hurricane Soon, Then an Intense Post-Tropical

Ophelia, which is not a threat to the US, could affect the Azores, Portugal and Ireland.

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

The storm formed well outside what meteorologists refer as the "main development region", where most hurricanes form in the Atlantic.

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

This would tie the record for the most consecutive Atlantic named storms to reach hurricane strength.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said in an advisory Wednesday afternoon that Ophelia gained hurricane status as its top sustained winds reached 75 miles per hour.




It is the 14th named storm of the season and would become the 10th in a row to reach hurricane strength. This has not happened in 124 years, or since 1893. The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Ophelia is expected to become a hurricane by Wednesday.

The hurricane season officially, at least on paper, ends on November 30. Ophelia will then run into an approaching deep-layer trough that will make the hurricane accelerate toward the northeast.

Tropical Storm Ophelia is the latest weather system to whip up winds and rain in the Atlantic.

"If I only had conventional satellite imagery, I would definitely estimate that Ophelia was a hurricane", NHC forecaster Lixion Avila said.

After moving past Spain, forecasters expect Ophelia to come quite close to the Irish coast as a strong storm on Monday.

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