Hurricane Ophelia meandering in the Atlantic
- Author: Essie Rivera Oct 13, 2017,
Oct 13, 2017, 0:12
So, during the final third of the season, when we expect to be monitoring the Western Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico for tropical activity, all we can do is shrug our shoulders when a hurricane pops up in the central Atlantic, in October. "That's unusually warm for this time of year, and it could be these warm temperatures combining with Atlantic cold air that's causing this windstorm to be as strong as it is".
Hurricane Ophelia is crossing the Atlantic Ocean and could bring wet weather and gusts of up to 70mph when it hits Britain's shores. On Thursday, Ophelia is around 700 miles southwest of the Azores, drifting northward with sustained winds of 80kts. Three Category 4 hurricanes - Harvey, Irma and Maria - made landfall in USA territories, and that has not ever happened on record!
While she won't affect the United States, it's possible that she threatens not only the Azores, but Ireland and parts of the United Kingdom as well.
Little change in strength is forecast during the next 48 hours.
"After that, indications are that by that point it will then have weakened and be no longer a hurricane or tropical storm - it will be extratropical".
Additionally, the 2017 hurricane season has been busy - there were two Category 5 storms: Irma and Maria.
Met Office forecaster Alex Burkhill said: "Ophelia became a hurricane overnight and the forecast track takes it eastwards towards Iberia for the weekend".
Ophelia is forecast to drift northeast through today and to pass just south of the Azores into the weekend.
Forecasters said Ophelia will likely bring some impacts to those areas, but it's still too early to say what they will be.