Hurricane Ophelia becomes 10th Atlantic hurricane of 2017 season

Hurricane Ophelia becomes 10th Atlantic hurricane of 2017 season

Kenneth Drake
October 13, 2017

"Ophelia is expected to transition to a hurricane-force post-tropical cyclone by Monday when it moves near Ireland and the United Kingdom", the NHC said. It is expected to make a close approach to the Azores as a Category 1 hurricane, though a direct landfall doesn't appear likely.

Hurricane Ophelia is predicted to hit Scotland over the next few days.

University of Miami hurricane researcher Brian McNoldy says Ophelia is the 10th straight tropical storm to become a hurricane in an Atlantic season.

Ophelia's arrival will coincide with the 30th anniversary of the Great Storm of 1987, which hit southern England overnight on October 15. And while cooler northern waters mean Ophelia won't have the intensity of recent storms that have slammed the U.S., it is still likely to pack hurricane-force winds. This set up brings some similarities to Hurricane Debbie way back in 1961 that was one of the most memorable and damaging storms in Irish history, thankfully Ophelia does not appear as ominous.

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The consecutive hurricane streak began quietly on August 9 when Tropical Storm Franklin strengthened into the season's first hurricane while over the Bay of Campeche in the Gulf of Mexico.

The Met Office has also said there is a "slight chance" of damage to buildings, like tiles falling from roofs.

But he added: "It's definitely something that we are keeping an eye on, for the possibility of some disruptive weather early next week".

Overall, the unsettled weather looks likely to continue into Tuesday due to a separate band of low pressure, and will remain changeable throughout the rest of the week.