15th named storm forms in Atlantic, Ophelia to intensify

Marsha Scott
October 13, 2017

But the storm is heading east toward the northwest coast of Spain instead of crossing the Atlantic toward the hurricane-ravaged Caribbean.

As of Wednesday evening, Ophelia was moving east at about 3 miles per hour and was expected to gradually turn northeast.

There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect.

Tropical Storm Ophelia is not a threat to the United States but is expected to become a hurricane in the far eastern Atlantic Ocean by Thursday, potentially brushing parts of the Azores this weekend. He says a combination of slightly warmer than normal water and weak upper level winds helped make that hurricane streak.

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It certainly looked like a hurricane from satellite images, with a ragged eye visible on Wednesday morning. On average, there are 12 named storms per season in the Atlantic Basin.

Hurricane forecasters at The National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida expect Ophelia to gradually strengthen throughout the week and eventually reach hurricane status by Friday.

A slow northeast drift is expected Wednesday night and Thursday, followed by an acceleration to the east / northeast. That stat - combined with the number of major hurricanes we've seen and the overall cyclone energy generated by the storms - make this an extremely active Atlantic hurricane season by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's standards.

This is according to Dr Phil Klotzbach, a storm researcher at Colorado State University, who said, "Ophelia is 10th consecutive Atlantic named storm to reach hurricane - tying the all-time record set in 1878 and equaled in 1886 & 1893".

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