15th named storm forms in Atlantic, Ophelia to intensify

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

Ophelia is not expected to be a threat to the United States, however, it is the 15th named storm of the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season.

Ophelia's projected path then takes it close to Spain and Portugal on the Iberian Peninsula, but current forecasts suggest the storm will most likely remain offshore.

"I am not quite sure what to make of it", Dr Klotzbach told Bloomberg. The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Ophelia is expected to become a hurricane by Wednesday.

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.

The storm was almost stalled Wednesday evening, with sustained winds of 70 miles per hour. Some further strengthening is possible over the next two days.

Hurricane season runs through the end of November in the Atlantic Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Caribbean Sea.

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

Even as an ex-hurricane, both the American and European models suggest parts of Ireland, especially near the west coast, could be blasted by hurricane-like conditions on Monday.

If Ophelia becomes a hurricane it will be the ninth so far this year in the Atlantic. It is now forecast to stay west of Portugal before bringing gusty winds and rain to Ireland early next week.

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

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