Hurricane Ophelia meandering in the Atlantic

Ophelia becomes 10th straight Atlantic hurricane, marking busiest season since 1983

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Hurricane Ophelia, signalled to arrive on our shores on Monday, will be downgraded from an ex-hurricane and an ex-tropical storm by the time it reaches Ireland and the United Kingdom, but the ECM model shows the current track of its strongest winds travelling across west Munster through midlands, and into north Leinster. After all, this is just an uncommon occurrence, not completely unheard of. It is much less likely to make landfall than storms in September, however.

The hurricane center's five-day forecast, which can change, has Ophelia heading toward the British Isles by Monday.

On average, according to the National Hurricane Center, one hurricane forms in October.

Ophelia is expected to maintain intensity for the next few days as it slowly increases forward speed to the east-northeast.




Ophelia was moving to the northeast at 3 miles per hour with maximum sustained winds of 85 miles per hour with higher gusts. Over the weekend it accelerates off to the north-northeast, continuing on this track through early next week.

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Perhaps the most impressive statistic is that if Ophelia strengthens to a hurricane, which it is forecast to do, it will be the tenth consecutive hurricane. That would keep the center of the storm south of most of the Azores, but close enough that a tropical storm watch or warning might be issued later today.

Ophelia's arrival will coincide with the 30th anniversary of the Great Storm of 1987, which hit southern England overnight on October 15.

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