Ophelia becomes a hurricane, tying record from 1893

Ophelia becomes a hurricane, tying record from 1893

Ophelia becomes a hurricane, tying record from 1893

That's a bit of an unusual track for Atlantic storms.

Hurricane Ophelia is moving slowly in the middle of seemingly nowhere, according to the 5 a.m. advisory Thursday from the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

While she won't affect the United States, it's possible that she threatens not only the Azores, but Ireland and parts of the United Kingdom as well.

The storm was almost stalled Wednesday evening, with sustained winds of 70 miles per hour.

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That is the situation we are now monitoring as Hurricane Ophelia became the Atlantic's tenth hurricane on Wednesday - also becoming a record-tying tenth straight named storm to intensify into a hurricane, the first time this has occurred since 1878.

The 2017 hurricane season was forecast to be the busiest we have seen since 2010. It actually has happened four times (in 1878, 1886, 1893 and 2017), but named storms were much more likely to be hurricanes back in the 1800s because a lack of satellites and other technology meant only the strongest storms and those making landfall would be noticed. This path looks to bring Ophelia close to the southeastern Azores early in the weekend and model guidance is now in good agreement that the storm will stay offshore of Iberia with fewer weather impacts anticipated for Portugal and Northwest Spain.

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

Hurricane Ophelia is moving northeastwards far out over the Atlantic Ocean. The post-tropical remnants of Hurricane Gordon moved over Ireland and Northern Ireland in 2006 with winds of 65 miles per hour, leaving more than 120,000 people without power.

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