Ophelia strengthens some far out in Atlantic

Kristopher Drake
October 12, 2017

Hurricane Ophelia, which formed this afternoon, is the 10th consecutive hurricane this season, putting 2017 in a unique club that includes just three previous years that have spawned ten hurricanes in a row.

Storms become hurricanes when they reach 74 miles per hour.

Hurricanes have wrought havoc to the Caribbean and U.S. Southeast and Gulf Coasts in 2017. Through today, October 11, we've had 15 named storms - 10 of which have been hurricanes, and 5 of those 10 became major hurricanes (Category 3 or higher).

After briefly becoming a tropical storm, Lee degenerated into a remnant low on September 18 about halfway between West Africa and the Lesser Antilles.

Ophelia is the strongest storm to develop so far east in the Atlantic since 2009, tweeted Klotzbach,.

Forecast: Azores Brush, Then Irish Blast?

It is unlikely Ophelia makes a direct hit on the Azores, but, at a minimum, some outer rain bands and gusty winds could impact eastern portions of the Portuguese archipelago this weekend.

"This is a relatively unusual track for a hurricane to take, but it's not unheard of", said UK Met Office forecaster Aiden McGivern in a video. All of those occurred in August or September, except for Hurricane Fran in October 1973 and Hurricane Alex in January 2016, which made landfall shortly after weakening to a tropical storm. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 60 miles from the center. On average through this date, we only have nine named storms - five hurricanes and two major hurricanes.

Earlier forecasts had suggested Ophelia could approach Spain and Portugal's Iberian Peninsula as a tropical system, which would have been unprecedented.

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