Published: Wed, October 11, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Fish Storm Ophelia Moving Away From US

Fish Storm Ophelia Moving Away From US

There are no Hurricane or Tropical Storm Warnings or Watches in effect at this time.

While the storm is not now a land threat, with its path predicted to remain entirely within the Atlantic Ocean and far from the shores of Morocco and Portugal, Ophelia's formation is still setting a historic precedent.

Even the busiest hurricane seasons in recent years - 2012, 2010 and 2005 - didn't see almost as many hurricanes back to back like this year. NASA's Terra satellite provided forecasters with a visible image of the storm as it strengthened into a tropical storm.

The storm's maximum sustained winds early Tuesday are near 50 mph and the storm is centered about 790 miles west-southwest of the Azores and is moving southeast near 3 mph. As of Monday morning, the remainder of the tropics were quiet with no development expected. The system is now tracking west-southwest, but Ophelia is expected to turn northeast to east-northeast as a mid- to upper-level trough approaches from the northwest.

What's making this season so busy is a combination of timing and luck, McNoldy said. That year there were 28 named storms, of which 15 were hurricanes.

9 around 5 a.m. EDT as the seventeenth, tropical depression of the Atlantic Ocean hurricane season. Ophelia is now a tropical storm on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale (SSHWS), with maximum sustained wind speeds of around 52 (83 km/hr).

Ophelia comes hot on the heels of Hurricane Nate, which killed at least 22 people. Irma also became the most powerful hurricane on record in the Atlantic, outside the Caribbean or Gulf of Mexico.

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