Hurricane Ophelia moves east over Atlantic

Dianna Christensen
October 14, 2017

Hurricane Ophelia was "accelerating" in the Atlantic as it marched toward Europe Friday morning (Oct. 13), according to the latest update from the National Hurricane Center.

The storm, which is now a Category 2, was initially not thought to be a land threat, swirling far from the American and European coastlines in the middle of the Atlantic.

Hurricane Ophelia is beating an usual path. Temperatures in the mid-Atlantic are typically too cool for hurricanes to develop.

While there are no coastal watches or warnings in effect for this storm, people in the Zores, Ireland and United Kingdom are urged to monitor its progress.

By the time Ophelia reaches Derry and other parts of the North it will be what experts describe as an ex-hurricane however wind speeds are still expected to be high - 80mph in some places.

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"These strong winds are forecast in association with the northward track of ex-Ophelia across or near to the west of the British Isles".

Hurricane Ophelia, which had been expected to lose strength as it neared the Azores has instead strengthened to a Category 2 storm as it heads towards the UK.

Ophelia was moving toward the east-northeast near 8 miles per hour and this motion with an increase in forward speed is expected through Saturday. The hurricane does not now pose a threat to any land.

University of Miami hurricane researcher Brian McNoldy says Ophelia is the 10th straight tropical storm to become a hurricane in an Atlantic season.

"Maximum sustained winds are near 100 miles per hour (155 km/h) with higher gusts - a category 2 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale".

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