Hurricane Ophelia Moving At Snail's Pace To Northeast


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"We're looking at the possibility of stormy weather coming our way early next week - Sunday night, Monday, maybe even into Tuesday morning - with the remnants of a hurricane or tropical storm Ophelia wrapped up in it". After all, this is just an uncommon occurrence, not completely unheard of.

Hurricane Ophelia is now raging at 90mph over the northeastern Atlantic and could strengthen further over the next couple of days, according to the NHC.

The consecutive hurricane streak began quietly on August 9 when Tropical Storm Franklin strengthened into the season's first hurricane while over the Bay of Campeche in the Gulf of Mexico. Its top sustained winds were clocked at 90 miles per hour (150 kph) and the storm is moving to the north-northeast at 2 miles per hour (4 kph).

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As of 4 a.m. Thursday, the National Hurricane Center said Ophelia was 725 miles southwest of the Azores and moving northeast at 3 mph. This path looks to bring Ophelia close to the southeastern Azores early in the weekend and model guidance is now in good agreement that the storm will stay offshore of Iberia with fewer weather impacts anticipated for Portugal and Northwest Spain.

The last time so many named storms in a row became hurricanes was in 1893, he said.

As we move into the start of the new week, Ophelia is forecaat to undergo extratropical transition, becoming a post-tropical storm.

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