Category 1 Hurricane Ophelia grows stronger

Category 1 Hurricane Ophelia grows stronger

Category 1 Hurricane Ophelia grows stronger

Instead, Hurricane Ophelia's track will bring it on an unusual journey: near or just southeast of the Azores Islands, to the west of Portugal and Spain, and then northward into Ireland and the early next week.

Ophelia is the tenth named storm in a row to become a hurricane, which ties a record.

Ophelia strengthened into a hurricane Wednesday afternoon.

Ophelia, located almost 800 miles southwest of the Azores, has maximum sustained winds of 65 mph and was moving southeast at 6 mph, the hurricane center said. On average through this date, we only have nine named storms - five hurricanes and two major hurricanes. Meanwhile, the country of Ireland next week could see effects from Ophelia as it approaches the Northern Atlantic Ocean at that time. Its sustained wind speeds are 75 miles per hour with higher gusts. Hurricane season ends on November 30.

Ophelia is forecast to drift slowly east for the next day or so before stronger upper-level winds arrive later this week and accelerate it toward the east-northeast just south of the Azores.

Hurricane Ophelia may make landfall in Ireland on Monday.

According to NOAA's historical hurricane database, only 15 hurricanes have passed within 200 nautical miles of the Azores since 1851.

The non-tropical phase of Ophelia may feature a larger, more intense storm that could bring a range of hazards to Ireland and the United Kingdom, from damaging winds to punishing waves. While 2005, 2010, and 2012 stand out as busy seasons, this hurricane season may break the most records.

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