Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Category 1 Hurricane Ophelia grows stronger in Atlantic Ocean

Category 1 Hurricane Ophelia grows stronger in Atlantic Ocean

Ophelia is now the tenth consecutive hurricane of the 2017 Atlantic tropical season.

The Category 1 hurricane has max sustained winds of 85 miles per hour.

"Western parts of the United Kingdom will see the strongest winds, with gusts within the region of 60-65mph potentially on Monday".

Ophelia is now a Category 1 hurricane.

At 10am BST the NOAA's National Hurricane Center located the storm about 725 southwest of the Azores. Ophelia remains well away from any landmasses at the present time.

Ireland is set to be faced with 120km/h winds early next week as Hurricane Ophelia makes its way towards us. Forecasters say slight strengthening is possible over the next couple of days.

"After that, indications are that by that point it will then have weakened and be no longer a hurricane or tropical storm - it will be extratropical".

It will coincide with the 30th anniversary of the Great Storm of 1987, which hit southern England overnight on October 15, caused £1 billion worth of damage and left 18 people dead. The storm may affect the British Isles as an extra-tropical cyclone early next week, bring heavy rain and potentially damaging winds.

The last time so many named storms in a row became hurricanes was in 1893, he said.

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