Hurricane Ophelia strengthens to Category 2 storm, officials say

MIAMI — Hurricane Ophelia strengthened to a Category 2 storm, swirling distant from land in the eastern Atlantic, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center’s (NHC) latest advisory.

The NHC says Ophelia is hardly moving and is stability to strengthen, now braggadocio top sustained winds of 100 mph.

On Thursday afternoon, Ophelia’s core was located about 715 miles southwest of the Azores, where it was probably stationary.

The Miami-based hurricane core says Ophelia should remove a little strength in the next 48 hours but is approaching to sojourn a hurricane for the next couple of days.


Hurricane Ophelia’s projected foresee as seen from the U.S. National Hurricane Center’s latest advisory of Thu., Oct. 12, 2017.

The hurricane center’s five-day forecast, which can change, has Ophelia streamer close to the British Isles by Monday afternoon. That’s a bit of an surprising lane for Atlantic storms. Currently there are no coastal watches or warnings in effect.

Ophelia became a hurricane Wednesday, the 10th hurricane in the Atlantic in 2017. It’s doubtful it will be a hazard to U.S., nonetheless it could presumably be a hazard to Ireland, the NHC pronounced Wednesday.

University of Miami hurricane researcher Brian McNoldy says Ophelia is the 10th true pleasant charge to turn a hurricane in an Atlantic season. That has not happened given 1893, according to McNoldy. He says a multiple of somewhat warmer than normal water and diseased top turn winds helped make that hurricane streak.

Additionally, the 2017 hurricane deteriorate has been bustling — there were two Category 5 storms: Irma and Maria. There were two others, Harvey and Jose, that reached Category 4 strength.

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