Tropical Storm Ophelia not a hurricane yet; no threat to the US

Hurricane Ophelia path track map

Ophelia officially strengthened into a hurricane in the far, Eastern Atlantic Wednesday evening. From there, Ophelia has an interesting post-tropical future next week near the Irish Coast.

Its sustained wind speeds are 75 miles per hour with higher gusts.

Hurricane Ophelia formed Wednesday in the open waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

There are a couple of caveats to this record, however. The most recent was a tropical depression that was previously Hurricane Vince.

After briefly becoming a tropical storm, Lee degenerated into a remnant low on September 18 about halfway between West Africa and the Lesser Antilles.

Moses later tweeted that if separated, there would be a tropical storm, then a separate hurricane, which would make the 10-straight-hurricane record invalid.

Hurricane season ends on November 30. "I thought that storm was dead and buried in the central Atlantic". A slow northeast drift is expected tonight and tomorrow, followed by an acceleration toward the east-northeast or northeast. Its rainbands could hit the southern part of the Azores islands by the weekend and possibly reach Spain and Portugal on the Iberian Peninsula.

Ophelia is not a threat to United States land, but is raising a few concerns in western Europe.

It's important to note that weather records are based on what we're able to record. Only 15 known hurricanes have passed within 200 nautical miles of the Azores since 1851. Neither of those was a hurricane. In fact, Ophelia could set records for the strongest storm to form in its location so far outside the tropics. It is now forecast to stay west of Portugal before bringing gusty winds and rain to Ireland early next week.



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