Ophelia becomes remarkable 10th hurricane of season

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Ophelia is the 10th hurricane of the 2017 Atlantic season.

Tropical Storm Ophelia is on the verge of becoming a hurricane in the northeastern Atlantic.

"I am not quite sure what to make of it", Dr Klotzbach told Bloomberg.

The latest forecast from the U.S. National Hurricane Center said, "at 500 PM AST, the center of Hurricane Ophelia was located near latitude 30.0 North, longitude 36.1 West. Ophelia is moving toward the east near 3 miles per hour [6 km/h]". It is also expected to make a gradual turn to the northeast starting Thursday night. There were two others, Harvey and Jose, that reached Category 4 strength. This means the storm isn't moving from east to west, like most Atlantic hurricanes. That's a bit of an unusual track for Atlantic storms.

Some of Ophelia's rain bands are likely to hit the Azores islands over the weekend.

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If Ophelia becomes a hurricane it will be the ninth so far this year in the Atlantic. All of those occurred in August or September, except for Hurricane Fran in October 1973 and Hurricane Alex in January 2016, which made landfall shortly after weakening to a tropical storm.

Nevertheless, Hurricane Ophelia is expected to bring an intense blast of winds to the Emerald Isle, and the western half of Ireland early next week.

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. Before satellites, it was hard to keep accurate records of Atlantic hurricanes.

According to NOAA's historical hurricane database, only 15 hurricanes have passed within 200 nautical miles of the Azores since 1851.

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