Monday, 11 December, 2017

Hurricane Ophelia could slam into Europe early next week

Hurricane Ophelia path track map NOAAHurricane Ophelia's path will see the storm head to Portugal
Lillian Steele | 12 October, 2017, 01:00

Ophelia was no threat to the USA but could move near the Azores by the weekend. The core of Ophelia is located about 1,220 kilometres southwest of the Azores and the storm is moving east at 3 6 km/h.

Ophelia is now located across the north-central Atlantic Ocean, roughly 2400 miles from the Grand Strand.

Forecasters at the Miami center say Ophelia should gain muscle over the next 48 hours en route to becoming a hurricane sometime Thursday.

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.

Ophelia is slowly drifting east at less than 5 miles per hour.

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.

To add to that, the 10 hurricanes we've had this season have been consecutive - Franklin to Ophelia.

Tropical depression: A grouping of thunderstorms that is showing signs of organized circulation and lowered pressure. Strongest winds are at the center and surface.

The NHC forecasts Ophelia to transition into a post-tropical cyclone by Monday - but with winds remaining at or above hurricane force - as it curls northeast, then northward off the Iberian Peninsula (Portugal and Spain).

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.

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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