Published: Fri, October 13, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Hurricane Ophelia forms in the Atlantic

Hurricane Ophelia forms in the Atlantic

Once the hurricane arrives following its journey across the Atlantic Ocean it is expected to bring winds of up to 70mph.

Ophelia became a hurricane on Wednesday, becoming the 10th hurricane in the Atlantic in 2017.

The US National Hurricane Centre has warned it could strengthen over the next day or so.

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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.

Ophelia will get caught in the "westerlies", the jet-stream-powered flow that moves mid-latitude weather from west to east, over the weekend as it passes Portugal and Spain and heads towards Ireland.

While rare, it is not unprecedented to have post-tropical storms reach the British Isles.

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Ophelia is forecast to hit Ireland and the south-west coast of Britain at about 1am BST, before moving up to the northern-most tip of Scotland by 1pm.

The storm caused damage estimated at £1billion and claimed 18 lives. The last time a season produced 10 consecutive hurricanes was in 1893, according to Colorado State University meteorologist Phil Klotzbach - a period when tracking hurricanes largely relied on ships and barometric readings.

"At the moment, because it's four days away, there are a lot of possibilities as to how this might evolve, we are anxious to keep an eye on it".

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A Met Office statement said: "A spell of very windy weather is likely on Monday in association with ex-Ophelia".

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