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13 October 2017, 12:09 | Rufus Hill
NOAATropical storm Ophelia will become a hurricane by the end of this week
Way out in the middle of the Atlantic, it's unlikely it will be a threat to USA, although it could possibly be a threat to Ireland, the National Hurricane Centersaid.
"Maximum sustained winds are near 75 miles per hour [120 km/h] with higher gusts".
Forecasters say Ophelia has become the 10th hurricane of the 2017 Atlantic season, churning far out at sea and posing no immediate threat to land. "I thought that storm was dead and buried in the central Atlantic".
More information about the hurricane can be found online. Some further strengthening is possible over the next two days. The most recent was a tropical depression that was previously Hurricane Vince. It is expected to follow in that general direction till Thursday and pick up speed by the beginning of Friday.
Ophelia - the 15th named storm of the 2017 Atlantic Season - has strengthened into a hurricane, becoming the 10th consecutive Atlantic named storm to reach hurricane status, matching the all-time record which last occurred over 120 years ago - in 1893. Hurricane season continues until November 30.
After Ophelia moves past Spain, forecasters say it could hit the Irish coast on Monday as an extra-tropical storm, potentially still with close to hurricane-strength winds. Incidentally, all of them have arrived in the months of August or September, except for Hurricane Fran, which swept past the area in October 1973 and Hurricane Alex in January 2016.
This could bring a blast of high winds to the Emerald Isle, particularly the western half of Ireland early next week.
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