Ophelia becomes a hurricane, tying century-old record

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

Tropical Storm Ophelia is moving southeastward in the Atlantic and is expected to become a hurricane overnight or on Thursday.

Ophelia is over only marginally warm enough waters to sustain a tropical cyclone, but the upper atmosphere is crushingly cold causing enough instability for a hurricane to form, said Bob Henson, a meteorologist and blogger with Weather Underground.

"These conditions favour strengthening and the NHC forecast again calls for Ophelia to become a hurricane in about 36 hours".

The 2017 hurricane season was forecast by NOAA, and many other forecast products to be the busiest we have seen since 2010.

Tropical Storm Ophelia is gaining strength and is just 4 miles per hour from becoming a hurricane, forecasters said Wednesday.

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Forecasters expect Ophelia to continue to slowly move on a northeast track before accelerating toward Europe.

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.

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.

The current forecast has Ophelia becoming subtropical before it reaches the Iberian Peninsula.

Tropical Storm Ophelia is the latest weather system to whip up winds and rain in the Atlantic. Strongest winds are far from the center and higher in the atmosphere.

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