Ophelia becomes 10th hurricane of the season

Ophelia becomes 10th hurricane of the season

Ophelia becomes 10th hurricane of the season

Ophelia is not a threat to U.S. land, but is raising a few concerns in western Europe.

The storm is now moving to the east at 3 miles per hour (6 kph), and no coastal watches or warnings are in effect.

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

Ophelia had winds of 70 miles per hour and could "become a hurricane at any time today or tomorrow", the hurricane center said.

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By the time Ophelia reaches northern Europe, it may no longer be a tropical system, instead possibly transitioning into a powerful extratropical low pressure area.

Tropical Storm Ophelia is strengthening and could become a Category 1 hurricane Wednesday night or Thursday, according to the 5 a.m. advisory Wednesday from the National Hurricane Center in Miami. If it picks up speed, it could intensify over the next day or so, then encounter increasing wind shear in three days that should cause it to weaken and fall apart over the weekend, National Hurricane Center forecasters said.

The non-tropical phase of Ophelia may feature a larger, more intense storm that could bring a range of hazards to Ireland and the United Kingdom, from damaging winds to punishing waves. That's a bit of an unusual track for Atlantic storms.

Ophelia would become only the third tropical cyclone to hit the west coast of Portugal or Spain since records began, following a storm in October 1842 and Hurricane Vince (as a tropical depression) in October 2005.

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