10th hurricane of 2017 season forms in Atlantic

Hurricane Ophelia path track map

Located in the central Atlantic about 760 miles southwest of the Azores, the hurricane poses no threat to land and would probably be unremarkable if not for its place in the record books.

The Miami-based hurricane center says Ophelia could strengthen some more over the next 48 hours. But the storm seems to be heading east towards the coast of Spain instead of crossing the Atlantic towards the hurricane-ravaged Caribbean.

The last time a hurricane season produced 10 consecutive storms was in 1893, according to Colorado State University meteorologist Phil Klotzbach, when tracking hurricanes largely relied on ships and barometric readings.

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.


On August 9th, the National Hurricane Center updated their 2017 outlook and predicted it was going to be an above average season. Hurricane Season does not officially end until November 30th. The official forecast for Ophelia calls for the hurricane to peak at 85 miles per hour Thursday and Friday.

Ophelia is the strongest storm to develop so far east in the Atlantic since 2009, tweeted Klotzbach,. Then Ophelia will curve north towards Ireland's west coast as a post-tropical storm.

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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