Hurricane Ophelia Matches 124-Year-Old Record


The U.S. National Hurricane Center said the storm was located Thursday about 715 miles (1,145 kilometers) southwest of the Azores.

Assuming Ophelia reaches hurricane status with maximum sustained winds of 74 miles per hour or higher, it would be the 10th consecutive Atlantic named storm to become a hurricane.

Ophelia became a hurricane on Wednesday, becoming the 10th hurricane in the Atlantic in 2017. Ophelia is set to brush past the Azores, the archipelago off the coast of Portugal.

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

More information about the hurricane can be found online.

But the record deserves an asterisk because Lee could have counted as two storms, according to Brenden Moses, a researcher working on the National Hurricane Center databases. Forecasters say slight strengthening is possible over the next couple of days.

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Hurricane season ends on November 30.

Ophelia is forecast to drift slowly east for the next day or so before stronger upper-level winds arrive later this week and accelerate it toward the east-northeast just south of the Azores.

It is a testament to how temperamental the weather has been this year that we've already reached a storm beginning with the letter "O" and though Ophelia is likely to be an "ex-hurricane" by the time it potentially reaches the United Kingdom, it will still be capable of making a significant impact.

Nevertheless, Hurricane Ophelia is expected to bring an intense blast of winds to the Emerald Isle, and the western half of Ireland early next week.

Ophelia strengthened into a hurricane Wednesday afternoon.