Ophelia becomes a hurricane, tying century-old record

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

Tropical Storm Ophelia to Become Record-Tying 10th Straight Atlantic Hurricane Soon, Then an Intense Post-Tropical

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Tuesday that Ophelia was located about 780 miles (1,260 kilometers) west-southwest of the Azores.

The storm formed well outside what meteorologists refer as the "main development region", where most hurricanes form in the Atlantic.

Perhaps the most impressive statistic is that if Ophelia strengthens to a hurricane, which it is forecast to do, it will be the tenth consecutive hurricane.

More information about the hurricane can be found online.

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The U.S. National Hurricane Center said at 5 p.m. Tuesday that Ophelia had top sustained winds of 60 miles per hour (95 kph). It is possible that this has happened since 1893, but we didn't have the technology to see it.

"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.

Moses later tweeted that if separated, there would be a tropical storm, then a separate hurricane, which would make the 10-straight-hurricane record invalid.

After moving past Spain, forecasters expect Ophelia to come quite close to the Irish coast as a strong storm on Monday.

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This season has already been above average in all three categories, named storms, hurricanes and major hurricanes.

Center officials said the hurricane is forecast to drift northeastward over the next 24 hours.

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

This could bring a blast of high winds to the Emerald Isle, particularly the western half of Ireland early next week.

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