Hurricane Ophelia meandering in the Atlantic

Hurricane Ophelia meandering in the Atlantic

Hurricane Ophelia meandering in the Atlantic

Ophelia is likely to be the 10th straight Atlantic named storm to become a hurricane.

Ophelia is a Category 1 hurricane with 75 miles per hour winds. There were two others, Harvey and Jose, that reached Category 4 strength.

After bringing storm surge flooding and power outages to the U.S. Gulf Coast, the remnants of Nate will bring heavy rain and gusty winds to the Northeast Monday.

The storm formed well outside what meteorologists refer as the "main development region", where most hurricanes form in the Atlantic.

Way out in the middle of the Atlantic, the National Hurricane Center says it's unlikely it will be a threat to USA, although it could possibly be a threat to Ireland.

Ophelia is the 10th consecutive hurricane of the 2017 Atlantic season. It is possible that this has happened since 1893, but we didn't have the technology to see it. Then Ophelia will curve north towards Ireland's west coast as a post-tropical storm. "I thought that storm was dead and buried in the central Atlantic".

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It certainly looked like a hurricane from satellite images, with a ragged eye visible on Wednesday morning.

If the storm strikes Ireland, it would probably not do so as a hurricane, instead having morphed into a powerful extratropical storm as it passed over waters too cold to sustain a conventional tropical system.

"Since it isn't clear exactly how strong Ophelia is, the intensity forecast is low confidence", National Hurricane Center officials said.

A slow northeast drift is expected Wednesday night and Thursday, followed by an acceleration to the east / northeast.

Ophelia was no threat to the US but could move near the Azores by the weekend.

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