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Ophelia becomes remarkable 10th hurricane of season

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Spencer Simpson | 12 October, 2017, 00:44

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said at 5 p.m. Tuesday that Ophelia had top sustained winds of 60 miles per hour (95 kph).

Hurricane Ophelia formed Wednesday in the open waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

The 2017 hurricane season was forecast by NOAA, and many other forecast products to be the busiest we have seen since 2010.

The Miami-based hurricane center says Ophelia could strengthen some more over the next 48 hours.

It is the 14th named storm of the season and would become the 10th in a row to reach hurricane strength. This has not happened in 124 years, or since 1893. Could western Europe be the next land area afflicted by a powerhouse storm this disgusting hurricane season?

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Ophelia is the strongest storm to develop so far east in the Atlantic since 2009, tweeted Klotzbach,.

Beyond that, after passing off the Iberian Peninsula, the post-tropical cyclone is expected to curl northward and remain an intense storm somewhere near or off the coast of Ireland Monday or Monday night.

It is unlikely Ophelia makes a direct hit on the Azores, but, at a minimum, some outer rain bands and gusty winds could impact eastern portions of the Portuguese archipelago this weekend.

"After that time, Ophelia is forecast to turn eastward, then northeastward and begin to accelerate by day three ahead of a deepening mid-latitude trough over the north-central Atlantic". Only 15 known hurricanes have passed within 200 nautical miles of the Azores since 1851.

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