Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Hurricane Ophelia continues in Atlantic

Hurricane Ophelia continues in Atlantic

Ophelia reached hurricane strength on Wednesday with maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour, moving to the east at 3 miles per hour, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The storm is the 10th hurricane that has developed in the Atlantic this season.

At 10am BST the NOAA's National Hurricane Center located the storm about 725 southwest of the Azores.

Hurricane Ophelia is strengthening over the eastern Atlantic Ocean and could soon hit Europe. However, the west coast could see gusts of up to 70mph when Ophelia hits.

While Ophelia is now a unsafe storm, by the time it lands, the high winds should have subsided.

However, Ophelia will have weakened into a post-tropical cyclone by the time it reaches the UK.

The storm tied a record for the most consecutive storms to reach hurricane force, meteorologist Philip Klotzbach of Colorado State University said.

Forecaster Eleanor Bell, of The Weather Channel, said: "Latest model guidance is indicating Ophelia will move in from the Azores across the Biscay area around Sunday and move on towards Britain early next week".

2005 remains the most active hurricane season ever in the Atlantic with 15 hurricanes and 28 named storms.

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