Developing Hurricane Ophelia is moving toward Ireland and the UK

Tropical Storm Ophelia to Become Record-Tying 10th Straight Atlantic Hurricane Soon, Then an Intense Post-Tropical

Tropical Storm Ophelia to Become Record-Tying 10th Straight Atlantic Hurricane Soon, Then an Intense Post-Tropical

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

Right now, Ophelia is moving east at about 3 miles per hour and is expected to gradually turn northeast by Thursday night.

Enter Ophelia, the 10th hurricane of the hyperactive 2017 Atlantic season, which could be headed toward Ireland in about five days.

Ophelia is forecast to strengthen to a category 1 hurricane Thursday as it moves toward Portugal and Spain.

Assuming Ophelia reaches hurricane status with maximum sustained winds of 74 miles per hour or higher, it would be the 10th consecutive Atlantic named storm to become a hurricane.

Forecasters say Ophelia has become the 10th hurricane of the 2017 Atlantic season, churning far out at sea and posing no immediate threat to land.

More information about the hurricane can be found online. This has not happened in 124 years, or since 1893.

Hurricane season ends on November 30. Ophelia will then run into an approaching deep-layer trough that will make the hurricane accelerate toward the northeast.

The Weather Network forecast that Ophelia will merge with another system as it approaches the United Kingdom and Ireland before veering east.

Tropical Storm Ophelia is the latest weather system to whip up winds and rain in the Atlantic.

"This is a relatively unusual track for a hurricane to take, but it's not unheard of", said UK Met Office forecaster Aiden McGivern in a video.

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