Ophelia becomes remarkable 10th hurricane of season

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Well off in the Atlantic Ocean, Ophelia poses no threat to the United States.

National Hurricane Center (NHC) forecaster Stewart noted on October 10 at 1:44 p.m. EDT "Convective banding has continued to become better defined since the previous advisory, and an eye-like feature has developed in the center of the convection".

According to the US National Hurricane Centre in an update at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, Hurricane Ophelia was positioned around 760 miles (1220 kilometres) southwest of the Azores with maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour (120 kilometres per hour).

Tropical Storm Ophelia is expected to strengthen to a hurricane as it spins far out over the Atlantic. It is possible that this has happened since 1893, but we didn't have the technology to see it.

The active 2017 hurricane season has another addition for the record books.

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Ophelia is forecast to drift slowly east for the next day or so before stronger upper-level winds arrive later this week and accelerate it toward the east-northeast just south of the Azores.

Ophelia would become only the third tropical cyclone to hit the west coast of Portugal or Spain since records began, following a storm in October 1842 and Hurricane Vince (as a tropical depression) in October 2005.

By the time Ophelia reaches northern Europe, it may no longer be a tropical system, instead possibly transitioning into a powerful extratropical low pressure area.

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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