Ophelia becomes the 10th hurricane of the 2017 Atlantic season

Ross Houston
October 12, 2017

The hurricane center expects Ophelia to top out as a Category 1 hurricane with 80 miles per hour winds before becoming a post-tropical or extra-tropical system toward the end of the 5-day forecast period.

Ophelia continues to spin in the open Atlantic Ocean, posing no threat to the United States or any other part of North America.

Ophelia was no threat to the US but could move near the Azores by the weekend.

Hurricane season ends on November 30.


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".

Tropical Storm Ophelia is strengthening and could become a Category 1 hurricane Wednesday night or Thursday, according to the 5 a.m. advisory Wednesday from the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

Ophelia is the strongest storm to develop so far east in the Atlantic since 2009, tweeted Klotzbach,.

It is unlikely Ophelia makes a direct hit on the Azores, but, at a minimum, some outer rain bands and gusty winds could impact eastern portions of the Portuguese archipelago this weekend.


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.

Center officials said the hurricane is forecast to drift northeastward over the next 24 hours.

Ophelia has been upgraded from a tropical storm to a hurricane.


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