Hurricane Ophelia 'accelerating' in the Atlantic, forecasters say

Tammy Harvey
October 14, 2017

Porutgal's Azores Meteorological Forecasts and Monitoring Center raised warning levels on Friday after Hurricane Ophelia was upgraded to Category 2 level.

The hurricane is expected to weaken somewhat Friday night but remain a hurricane for the next couple of days.

Farther to the east, Ireland and the United Kingdom are also watching Ophelia's track, which could bring hurricane conditions to some areas there early next week.

Hurricane Ophelia is beating an usual path. Temperatures in the mid-Atlantic are typically too cool for hurricanes to develop.

Met Eireann has issued a Status Yellow national weather warning for the development of Hurricane Ophelia that is set to pass close to Ireland on Monday.

Ophelia had first been classified as a tropical storm, then a hurricane as it made its way across the Atlantic Ocean, and will be downgraded to a storm by the time it reaches the UK.

The NHC says Ophelia is barely moving and is continuing to strengthening, now boasting top sustained winds of 100 miles per hour.

Ophelia follows the massive hurricanes that battered the Caribbean and the south-east US last month, however it is a separate system.

Ophelia is centered about 725 miles (1,165 kilometers) southwest of the Azores and is moving northeast near 3 mph (6 kph).

The hurricane's maximum sustained winds early Thursday were near 85 miles per hour (140 kph) with some slight strengthening possible over the next day or two.

Little change in strength is forecast during the next 48 hours.

Experts at the U.S. Hurricane Centre confirmed gusts of 100mph are now emanating from the centre of the hurricane.

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