10th hurricane of 2017 season forms in Atlantic

Tropical Storm Ophelia is strengthening and could become a Category 1 hurricane Wednesday night or Thursday, according to the 5 a.m. advisory Wednesday from the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

Way out in the middle of the Atlantic, the National Hurricane Center says it's unlikely it will be a threat to USA, although it could possibly be a threat to Ireland.

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

The storm is centered about 790 miles (1,270 kilometers) west-southwest of the Azores and is moving southeast near 3 mph (6 kph). No coastal watches or warnings have been issued so far in any of the European coasts, Nola reported. This has not happened in 124 years, or since 1893. He says a combination of slightly warmer than normal water and weak upper level winds helped make that hurricane streak. "I thought that storm was dead and buried in the central Atlantic".

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While this is not an impact for the United States, Ophelia could make landfall as a tropical storm along the west coast of Ireland Monday. On average through this date, we only have nine named storms - five hurricanes and two major hurricanes.

This would tie the record for the most consecutive Atlantic named storms to reach hurricane strength. It is expected to follow in that general direction till Thursday and pick up speed by the beginning of Friday.

It is now located 745 miles southwest of the Azores, but as it gains more speed by the end of the week, it could head northeast toward the south of Azores.

  • Adam Floyd