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Record-tying Hurricane Ophelia moving northeast in Atlantic

Record-tying Hurricane Ophelia moving northeast in Atlantic

Ophelia is on track to reach the United Kingdom nearly 30 years to the day of the Great Storm of 1987, which killed 22 people across Britain, France and the Channel Islands.

The storm tied a record for the most consecutive storms to reach hurricane force, meteorologist Philip Klotzbach of Colorado State University said.

Of the 17 major hurricanes that have made direct hits on the US mainland in the month of October since 1851, 10 have affected Florida, the report says.

A higher degree of winds are expected, as well as unseasonably warm weather.

The storm caused damage estimated at £1billion and claimed 18 lives.

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The Met Office said that the Great Storm of October 15 and 16, 1987, was a "wake-up call" for weather service providers and helped to identify gaps in severe weather forecasting capability.

Forecaster Eleanor Bell, of The Weather Channel, said: "Latest model guidance is indicating Ophelia will move in from the Azores across the Biscay area around Sunday and move on towards Britain early next week".

"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".

A hurricane brewing over the Atlantic threatens to bring strong winds on Monday - and a mini-heatwave.


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