Storm expected to become Hurricane Ophelia, possibly by tonight

Casey Dawson
October 12, 2017

The storm, moving east at 3 miles per hour, has maximum sustained winds of 75 mph.

Tropical Storm Ophelia is becoming better organized far out in the eastern Atlantic and is expected to become a hurricane later this week.

Ophelia is likely to be the 10th straight Atlantic named storm to become a hurricane.

Hurricane season ends on November 30.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said in an advisory Wednesday afternoon that Ophelia gained hurricane status as its top sustained winds reached 75 miles per hour.

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Gradual strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and Ophelia is expected to become a hurricane by Thursday, Oct. 12 and is expected to turn toward the northwest.

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.

Continue to monitor the tropics and there is plenty of warm waters and favorable conditions for tropical development. Strongest winds are at the center and surface. The storm may still be capable of producing powerful winds, on the order of 60 to 80 miles per hour, when it makes its closest approach to Ireland and the United Kingdom, which it's forecast to do on Monday.

Extratropical cyclone: Cold-core systems associated with frontal boundaries.

This could bring a blast of high winds to the Emerald Isle, particularly the western half of Ireland early next week.

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