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Ophelia becomes remarkable 10th hurricane of season

Ophelia becomes remarkable 10th hurricane of season

The high action hurricane season of 2017 continues with the development of the 10th hurricane of the season.

Ophelia is racing across the Atlantic at 6mph and is forecast to reach hurricane strength tomorrow.

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

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. This means the storm isn't moving from east to west, like most Atlantic hurricanes.

Ophelia, which is not a threat to the US, could affect the Azores, Portugal and Ireland.

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The hurricane center says some strengthening is in the forecast and Ophelia is expected to become a hurricane any time Wednesday or Thursday.

This would tie the record for the most consecutive Atlantic named storms reaching hurricane strength, which also happened in three other years: 1878, 1886 and 1893, according to Dr. Phil Klotzbach, Colorado State University tropical meteorologist.

Moses later tweeted that if separated, there would be a tropical storm, then a separate hurricane, which would make the 10-straight-hurricane record invalid. The official forecast for Ophelia calls for the hurricane to peak at 85 miles per hour Thursday and Friday.

With the organization of Tropical Storm Ophelia, there have now been 15 named storms this season. Ophelia is now tracking towards Portugal, and will likely pass to the west of the country.

After moving past Spain, forecasters expect Ophelia to come quite close to the Irish coast as a strong storm on Monday.


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