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Ophelia becomes record 10th straight hurricane, heads towards Europe

Ophelia becomes record 10th straight hurricane, heads towards Europe

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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. After all, this is just an uncommon occurrence, not completely unheard of.

In weather terms however, it is still too early to say for definite whether this storm will impact Ireland to the forecasted strength as predicted, but as for now, it's current path suggests this will be a major weather event. The storm rapidly intensified before making landfall in Texas on August 25 as a powerful Category 4 hurricane. Be sure to check the National Hurricane Center for the latest updates. The storm was moving northeast at 3 miles per hour with sustained winds near 85 miles per hour. Over the weekend it accelerates off to the north-northeast, continuing on this track through early next week.

Ophelia will get caught in the "westerlies", the jet-stream-powered flow that moves mid-latitude weather from west to east, over the weekend as it passes Portugal and Spain and heads towards Ireland.

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Hurricane Ophelia is moving northeastwards far out over the Atlantic Ocean.

"After that, indications are that by that point it will then have weakened and be no longer a hurricane or tropical storm - it will be extratropical". The last time a season produced 10 consecutive hurricanes was in 1893, according to Colorado State University meteorologist Phil Klotzbach - a period when tracking hurricanes largely relied on ships and barometric readings.

Ophelia's arrival will coincide with the 30th anniversary of the Great Storm of 1987, which hit southern England overnight on October 15.


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