Ophelia becomes record 10th straight hurricane, heads towards Europe

Ophelia becomes record 10th straight hurricane, heads towards Europe

A combination of a vigorous Atlantic weather system and the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia will pass close to Ireland on Monday, and has the potential to be a high-impact event in parts of the country.

As of 10 a.m. CDT Thursday, Hurricane Ophelia was located 715 miles southwest of the Azores and was moving north-northeast at 2 mph. Three Category 4 hurricanes - Harvey, Irma and Maria - made landfall in US territories, and that has not ever happened on record!

The center of the storm will remain well offshore but high wind, heavy rain, and damaging surf will all be possible along the Iberian Peninsula. That has not happened since 1893, according to McNoldy.

Met Office forecaster Alex Burkhill said: "Ophelia became a hurricane overnight and the forecast track takes it eastwards towards Iberia for the weekend".

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The fact that 10 consecutive storms have reached hurricane status speaks to the unrelenting nature of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season.

The NOAA's National Hurricane Center (NHC) has warned that the storm will batter Ireland and the United Kingdom with torrential rain and powerful gusts.

Once the hurricane arrives following its journey across the Atlantic Ocean it is expected to bring winds of up to 70mph. But that will not have a significant impact on its overall strength as it nears Europe, as Ophelia is expected to have winds of up to 75 miles per hour.

While rare, it is not unprecedented to have post-tropical storms reach the British Isles.

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