Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Sports | By Spencer Underwood

10th hurricane of 2017 season forms in Atlantic

10th hurricane of 2017 season forms in Atlantic

Ophelia is the 10th hurricane of the 2017 Atlantic season.

Perhaps the most impressive statistic is that if Ophelia strengthens to a hurricane, which it is forecast to do, it will be the tenth consecutive hurricane.

Ophelia, located almost 800 miles southwest of the Azores, has maximum sustained winds of 65 mph and was moving southeast at 6 mph, the hurricane center said.

As of 5 a.m. EDT, Ophelia, which isn't now a threat to any land, was centered about 785 miles (1,265 kilometers) southwest of the Azores and moving southeast near 6 mph (9 kph).

Hurricane season runs through the end of November in the Atlantic Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Caribbean Sea.

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This would tie the record for the most consecutive Atlantic named storms reaching hurricane strength, which also happened in three other years: 1878, 1886 and 1893, according to Dr. Phil Klotzbach, Colorado State University tropical meteorologist.

While Ophelia may lose the technical aspects that make it a hurricane, it could still pack a punch.

Ophelia is forecast to drift slowly east for the next day or so before stronger upper-level winds arrive later this week and accelerate it toward the east-northeast just south of the Azores.

Ophalia is presently the only storm the NHC is tracking in the Atlantic or Pacific. Ophelia is now tracking towards Portugal, and will likely pass to the west of the country. On Wednesday afternoon, hurricane-force winds from Ophelia extended outward up to 25 miles from its center.

The Weather Network forecast that Ophelia will merge with another system as it approaches the United Kingdom and Ireland before veering east.

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