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Hurricane Ophelia 2017 Projected Path As Tropical Storm Becomes More Severe

Hurricane Ophelia 2017 Projected Path As Tropical Storm Becomes More Severe

Ophelia is the 10th consecutive hurricane of the 2017 Atlantic season.

The storm was almost stalled Wednesday evening, with sustained winds of 70 miles per hour.

Tropical storm Ophelia strengthened to the status of a Category 1 hurricane Wednesday and is now heading toward the coast of Ireland.

As of 5 a.m. EDT, Ophelia, which isn't now a threat to any land, was centered about 785 miles (1,265 kilometers) southwest of the Azores and moving southeast near 6 mph (9 kph). No coastal watches or warnings have been issued so far in any of the European coasts, Nola reported. This type of post-analysis occurs after every hurricane season, sometimes leading to the addition of previously unnamed storms or tweaking of tropical cyclone intensities. It is expected to follow in that general direction till Thursday and pick up speed by the beginning of Friday.

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By Monday, Ophelia could reach the coast of Ireland as an extra-tropical storm with winds close to hurricane strength, according to forecasters. Only 15 known hurricanes have passed within 200 nautical miles of the Azores since 1851.

According to the Met Office, Ireland and the United Kingdom can expect plenty of wind and rain early next week after a weekend when temperatures will be unseasonably high and could reach as high as 20 degrees in places. The last time we had nine or more back-to-back hurricanes was 1893. Nevertheless, it has the potential to set records for the strongest storm to form in its location.

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