Storm expected to become Hurricane Ophelia, possibly by tonight

Katrina Barker
October 12, 2017

This means it will be much closer to Europe by this weekend than the U.S. There will likely be impacts for Ireland by early next week.

Ophelia is racing across the Atlantic at 6mph and is forecast to reach hurricane strength tomorrow.

National Hurricane Center (NHC) forecaster Stewart noted on October 10 at 1:44 p.m. EDT "Convective banding has continued to become better defined since the previous advisory, and an eye-like feature has developed in the center of the convection".

Wind shear - which could disrupt the storm's development - is light, and it is passing over sea surface temperatures much warmer than normal, which should help it sustain hurricane strength through at least Friday.

The National Hurricane Center said Ophelia is now a Category 1 storm located about 760 miles southwest of the Azores.

It now has maximum sustained winds of 50mph, but will reach at least 74mph as it approaches western Europe.

There are now no coastal watches or warnings in effect with the storm far out at sea.

- Tropical Storm Ophelia has now become our 10th hurricane of 2017 Atlantic hurricane season.

Ophelia is forecast to drift slowly east for the next day or so before stronger upper-level winds arrive later this week and accelerate it toward the east-northeast just south of the Azores. If Ophelia is able to reach hurricane status it will be the 10th consecutive named storm to become a hurricane. On Wednesday afternoon, hurricane-force winds from Ophelia extended outward up to 25 miles from its center.

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