Published: Fri, October 13, 2017
World Media | By June Phelps

Hurricane Ophelia Matches 124-Year-Old Record

Hurricane Ophelia Matches 124-Year-Old Record

Ophelia became a hurricane late Wednesday, the 10th named storm in a row to reach that status, tying a record set more than a century ago.

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Ophelia became a hurricane on Wednesday, becoming the 10th hurricane in the Atlantic in 2017, the National Hurricane Center said. It is also expected to make a gradual turn to the northeast starting Thursday night.

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"Maximum sustained winds are near 75 miles per hour [120 km/h] with higher gusts".

Slight strengthening is possible over the next day or two, forecasters said.

Although it initially seemed like Hurricane Ophelia was headed toward the already storm-battered Caribbean islands, it soon changed its course and instead of crossing the Atlantic Ocean, proceeded toward the coast of Spain instead, Business Insider reported.

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There were no coastal watches or warnings in effect.

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). Incidentally, all of them have arrived in the months of August or September, except for Hurricane Fran, which swept past the area in October 1973 and Hurricane Alex in January 2016. "I thought that storm was dead and buried in the central Atlantic".

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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The 2017 hurricane season was forecast by NOAA, and many other forecast products to be the busiest we have seen since 2010.

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