Tropical Storm Ophelia not a hurricane yet; no threat to the US

Tropical Storm Ophelia to become HURRICANE on path to UK: 'Wet and windy' weather forecast

Ophelia strengthened into a hurricane Wednesday afternoon.

Ophelia became a hurricane late Wednesday, the tenth in a row and tying a record set more than a century ago.

The 10th hurricane of the 2017 hurricane season has formed in the Atlantic ocean, although at present, it poses no threat to land.

The 2017 hurricane season was forecast by NOAA, and many other forecast products to be the busiest we have seen since 2010.

Assuming Ophelia reaches hurricane status with maximum sustained winds of 74 miles per hour or higher, it would be the 10th consecutive Atlantic named storm to become a hurricane.

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"Lee could easily be counted as two storms", tweeted Brenden Moses, a hurricane researcher at the National Hurricane Center in Coral Gables, Florida, specializing in the historical hurricane database.

Ireland regularly deals with the remnants of tropical systems, but Ophelia is going to approach the island as a stronger system than the usual remnant lows.

Ophalia is presently the only storm the NHC is tracking in the Atlantic or Pacific.

Tropical Storm Ophelia is moving southeastward in the Atlantic and is expected to become a hurricane overnight or on Thursday. If it picks up speed, it could intensify over the next day or so, then encounter increasing wind shear in three days that should cause it to weaken and fall apart over the weekend, National Hurricane Center forecasters said.

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