Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Ophelia strengthens some far out in Atlantic

Ophelia strengthens some far out in Atlantic

Could western Europe be the next land area afflicted by a powerhouse storm this terrible hurricane season?

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

The storm is moving east at 3 miles per hour, the National Hurricane Center said in an update Wednesday afternoon. This means the storm isn't moving from east to west, like most Atlantic hurricanes.

Hurricanes have wrought havoc to the Caribbean and U.S. Southeast and Gulf Coasts in 2017.

Tropical Storm Ophelia has strengthened a little far out in the eastern Atlantic, still forecast to become a hurricane later in the week. This has not happened in 124 years, or since 1893. Ophelia will then run into an approaching deep-layer trough that will make the hurricane accelerate toward the northeast.

The other disclaimer about tropical cyclones before satellites were routinely used to examine the entire tropical Atlantic Basin in 1966 is that some tropical storms - even hurricanes - may have been missed that could have influenced any streaks, especially in the 19th century.

After it has hit Portugal, the remnants of Ophelia could bring strong winds to the UK.

"This is a relatively unusual track for a hurricane to take, but it's not unheard of", said UK Met Office forecaster Aiden McGivern in a video.

Ophelia has been upgraded from a tropical storm to a hurricane. Only 15 known hurricanes have passed within 200 nautical miles of the Azores since 1851.

The current forecast has Ophelia becoming subtropical before it reaches the Iberian Peninsula.

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