Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Sports | By Mabel Barber

Ophelia becomes a hurricane, tying century-old record

Ophelia becomes a hurricane, tying century-old record

The high action hurricane season of 2017 continues with the development of the 10th hurricane of the season.

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

If Ophelia becomes a hurricane it will be the ninth so far this year in the Atlantic.

Instead, Hurricane Ophelia's track will bring it on an unusual journey: near or just southeast of the Azores Islands, to the west of Portugal and Spain, and then northward into Ireland and the early next week.

More information about the hurricane can be found online.

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The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Tropical Storm Ophelia now has top sustained winds of 70 miles per hour (110 kph). That has not happened since 1893, according to McNoldy. The official forecast for Ophelia calls for the hurricane to peak at 85 miles per hour Thursday and Friday.

The other disclaimer about tropical cyclones before satellites were routinely used to examine the entire tropical Atlantic Basin in 1966 is that some tropical storms - even hurricanes - may have been missed that could have influenced any streaks, especially in the 19th century.

The Weather Network forecast that Ophelia will merge with another system as it approaches the United Kingdom and Ireland before veering east. Only 15 known hurricanes have passed within 200 nautical miles of the Azores since 1851.

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

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