Hurricane Ophelia slowly heads toward Ireland, Azores

Audrey Hill
October 13, 2017

At 5 a.m., the center of the storm was about 725 miles southwest of the Azores. The intensity is somewhat uncertain, however, as there have been no aircraft investigations of the hurricane since it is well away from land over the open Atlantic, forcing forecasters to rely on remote sensing techniques to estimate wind strength.

But things ramped up quickly two weeks later when Harvey regenerated in the same bay of Campeche and quickly became a hurricane. Jose, Katia, Lee and Maria all became hurricanes, and while Irma formed in August, it hung around long enough to make a September appearance.

The storm was upgraded to a category one hurricane last night and is taking an unpredictable path across the Atlantic. That has not happened since 1893, according to McNoldy.

The National Hurricane Center has Ophelia transitioning to a post-tropical cyclone by Monday with winds remaining at or above hurricane force.

Once the hurricane arrives following its journey across the Atlantic Ocean it is expected to bring winds of up to 70mph.

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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.

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. 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.

Forecasters said Ophelia will likely bring some impacts to those areas, but it's still too early to say what they will be.

"But then it will continue its way towards the British Isles, probably reaching us very early next week".

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