Ophelia grows into 10th Atlantic hurricane this year

Ophelia grows into 10th Atlantic hurricane this year

Hurricane Ophelia formed Wednesday in the open waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

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.

Ophelia strengthened into a hurricane Wednesday afternoon.

To add to that, the 10 hurricanes we've had this season have been consecutive - Franklin to Ophelia. But the storm is heading east toward the northwest coast of Spain instead of crossing the Atlantic toward the hurricane-ravaged Caribbean.

Forecast: Azores Brush, Then Irish Blast?

"This general motion is expected today, followed a by faster motion toward the east-northeast or northeast on Friday", the NHC said. Only 15 known hurricanes have passed within 200 nautical miles of the Azores since 1851.

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. Three Category 4 hurricanes, Harvey, Irma and Maria, made landfall in US Territories, and that has not ever happened on record!

By Monday, Ophelia could reach the coast of Ireland as an extra-tropical storm with winds close to hurricane strength, according to forecasters. It is now forecast to stay west of Portugal before bringing gusty winds and rain to Ireland early next week.

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