A Hurricane Is Set To Hit Ireland On Monday

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Three Category 4 hurricanes - Harvey, Irma and Maria - made landfall in US territories, and that has not ever happened on record! And while cooler northern waters mean Ophelia won't have the intensity of recent storms that have slammed the USA, it is still likely to pack hurricane-force winds.

Ahead of the heavy wind and rain Hurricane Ophelia will bring with it, temperatures are set to reach 20 degrees over the weekend.

The consecutive hurricane streak began quietly on August 9 when Tropical Storm Franklin strengthened into the season's first hurricane while over the Bay of Campeche in the Gulf of Mexico.

The storm was upgraded to a category one hurricane last night and is taking an unpredictable path across the Atlantic. That's according to Midland Weather Channel's Cathal Nolan who says the wind storm could have the potential to cause power disruption and the felling of trees.

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Ophelia is forecast to transition to an extratropical storm by Monday - but it could still be at hurricane strength as it moves very close to Ireland and Great Britain on Monday and Tuesday, the hurricane center said.

The National Hurricane Center has Ophelia transitioning to a post-tropical cyclone by Monday with winds remaining at or above hurricane force. This has not happened in 124 years, or since 1893.

Farther to the east, Ireland and the United Kingdom are also watching Ophelia's track, which could bring hurricane conditions to some areas there early next week.

Ophelia is forecast to drift northeast through today and to pass just south of the Azores into the weekend. But that will not have a significant impact on its overall strength as it nears Europe, as Ophelia is expected to have winds of up to 75 miles per hour.

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