Ophelia becomes 10th hurricane of 2017 season

Tropical storm Ophelia path track

Additionally, the 2017 hurricane season has been busy - there were two Category 5 storms: Irma and Maria.

Hurricane Ophelia is the latest weather system to whip up winds and rain in the Atlantic.

Located in the central Atlantic about 760 miles southwest of the Azores, the hurricane poses no threat to land and would probably be unremarkable if not for its place in the record books.

Tropical Storm Ophelia is expected to strengthen to a hurricane as it spins far out over the Atlantic.

There have been 15 named storms so far this hurricane season, including Ophelia.

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Ophelia is likely to be the 10th straight Atlantic named storm to become a hurricane. There were two others, Harvey and Jose, that reached Category 4 strength.

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. Its rainbands could hit the southern part of the Azores islands by the weekend and possibly reach Spain and Portugal on the Iberian Peninsula.

Ophelia developed into a tropical storm less than 48 hours after Hurricane Nate made landfall on the northern Gulf Coast of the United States. The last time we had nine or more back-to-back hurricanes was 1893.

Overall, the 2017 has been a landmark season, but fortunately beyond Ophelia, there are no storms in the immediate future.

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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