The storm was upgraded to a category one hurricane on the night of Wednesday October 11 - making it the tenth hurricane of the 2017 Atlantic season. "That's unusually warm for this time of year, and it could be these warm temperatures combining with Atlantic cold air that's causing this windstorm to be as strong as it is".
Hurricane Ophelia is moving slowly in the middle of seemingly nowhere, according to the 5 a.m. advisory Thursday from the National Hurricane Center in Miami.
THE MET Office has issued a weather warning as high speed winds are due next Monday, as ex-Hurricane Ophelia approaches the UK.
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The center of the storm will remain well offshore but high wind, heavy rain, and damaging surf will all be possible along the Iberian Peninsula. Seemingly every thunderstorm complex in the basin turned into a hurricane over the past two months, with many undergoing "rapid intensification" and reaching the top levels of the Saffir-Simpson scale.
The last time so many named storms in a row became hurricanes was in 1893, he said. This is allowing Ophelia to drift towards the north and east, towards Europe.
"But then it will continue its way towards the British Isles, probably reaching us very early next week".
"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. The post-tropical remnants of Hurricane Gordon moved over Ireland and Northern Ireland in 2006 with winds of 65 miles per hour, leaving more than 120,000 people without power.