World Hurricane Ophelia has intensified to Category 2 strength as it heads toward Europe

02:53  13 october  2017
02:53  13 october  2017 Source:   Business Insider

Hurricane Ophelia has intensified to Category 2 strength as it heads toward Europe

  Hurricane Ophelia has intensified to Category 2 strength as it heads toward Europe National Hurricane Center Hurricane Ophelia is the latest weather system to whip up winds and rain in the Atlantic. But the storm is heading east toward the northwest coast of Spain and then up to Ireland instead of crossing the Atlantic toward the hurricane-ravaged Caribbean.Ophelia officially gained hurricane status on Wednesday evening, according to the National Hurricane Center.As of Thursday afternoon, Ophelia was meandering and expected to move slowly east and northeast. The storm has picked up strength and become a Category 2 hurricane with sustained winds of 100 mph and higher gusts.

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Hurricane Ophelia is the latest weather system to whip up winds and rain in the Atlantic. But the storm is heading east toward the northwest coast of Spain and then up to Ireland instead of crossing the Atlantic toward the hurricane-ravaged Caribbean.

Ophelia officially gained hurricane status on Wednesday evening, according to the National Hurricane Center.

As of Thursday afternoon, Ophelia was meandering and expected to move slowly east and northeast. The storm has picked up strength and become a Category 2 hurricane with sustained winds of 100 mph and higher gusts.

Powerful Hurricane Ophelia forms off Azores

  Powerful Hurricane Ophelia forms off Azores Hurricane Ophelia formed off the Azores islands in the northern Atlantic Ocean on Saturday and was expected pass to the south of the archipelago later in the day before taking aim at the British Isles, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. It said Ophelia, rare for its location and a powerful Category 3 storm with top sustained winds of 114 miles per hour (185 kmh), was the sixth major hurricane of the Atlantic season."Ophelia is expected to reach the British Isles as a powerful extra-tropical cyclone with hurricane force winds," he Miami-based hurricane center said.

Like many Puerto Ricans, Llanos does not have a generator or gas stove. “The only thing I have is a flashlight,” he said, shaking his head . Hurricane Maria re- intensified to a Category 3 storm early Thursday morning near the Dominican Republic, with winds of 115 mph.

Like many Puerto Ricans, Llanos does not have a generator or gas stove. “The only thing I have is a flashlight,” he said, shaking his head . Hurricane Maria re- intensified to a Category 3 storm early Thursday morning near the Dominican Republic, with winds of 115 mph.

Some of Ophelia's rain bands are likely to hit the Azores islands over the weekend. Ophelia's projected path then takes it in the direction of Spain and Portugal on the Iberian Peninsula, but current forecasts suggest the storm will gradually turn to the north and remain well offshore.

Only two known storms have hit the Iberian Peninsula — one in 1842, and one in 2005. The most recent was a tropical depression that was previously Hurricane Vince.

After Ophelia moves past Spain, forecasters say it could hit the Irish coast on Monday as an post-tropical storm, but still with hurricane-force winds.

The Irish coast and parts of the UK could experience punishing winds and dangerous waves.

This is the 10th consecutive storm to reach hurricane strength in the Atlantic this season, tying the record also met in 1878, 1886 and 1893.

Forecasters say Ophelia has become 10th Atlantic hurricane this season far out in ocean, posing no threat to land

  Forecasters say Ophelia has become 10th Atlantic hurricane this season far out in ocean, posing no threat to land <p>Forecasters say Ophelia has become the 10th hurricane of the 2017 Atlantic season, churning far out at sea and no threat to land.</p>The U.S. National Hurricane Center said in an advisory Wednesday afternoon that Ophelia gained hurricane status as its top sustained winds reached 75 mph (120 kph). The core of Ophelia is located about 760 miles (1,220 kilometers) southwest of the Azores and the storm is moving east at 3 mph (6 kph).

Like many Puerto Ricans, Llanos does not have a generator or gas stove. “The only thing I have is a flashlight,” he said, shaking his head . Hurricane Maria re- intensified to a Category 3 storm early Thursday morning near the Dominican Republic, with winds of 115 mph.

Information from NHC Advisory 31A, 8:00 AM EDT Friday September 30, 2011 Ophelia has rapidly intensified into a category 2 hurricane . Position & Heading .

There are a couple of caveats to that record, however, as Brian Donegan, a Weather Channel meteorologist, recently wrote: A streak-disrupting tropical storm could easily have been missed in those 19th-century years, and this season's Hurricane Lee might be reevaluated to count as two storms.

There have been 15 named storms so far this hurricane season, including Ophelia. That stat — combined with the number of major hurricanes we've seen and the overall cyclone energy generated by the storms — make this an extremely active Atlantic hurricane season by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's standards. Hurricane season continues until November 30.

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European hurricanes are exceptionally rare — but they could become more common .
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