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Published: Sat, October 14, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Hurricane Ophelia 2017 Projected Path As Tropical Storm Becomes More Severe

Hurricane Ophelia 2017 Projected Path As Tropical Storm Becomes More Severe

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]".

Well off in the Atlantic Ocean, Ophelia poses no threat to the United States. On average through this date, we only have nine named storms - five hurricanes and two major hurricanes. Four days later, Lee sprung back to life as a tropical cyclone and eventually strengthened to a Category 3 hurricane on September 27.

It is too early to tell if Hurricane Ophelia will definitely make landfall in Ireland or not. This type of post-analysis occurs after every hurricane season, sometimes leading to the addition of previously unnamed storms or tweaking of tropical cyclone intensities. Days later, Hurricane Irma hit the Caribbean and Florida and was the strongest observed storm in the Atlantic since Wilma.

"This general motion is expected today, followed a by faster motion toward the east-northeast or northeast on Friday", the NHC said.

It's important to note that weather records are based on what we're able to record.

Only two other named storms have tracked within 200 nautical miles of the northwestern tip of Spain in NOAA's historical record, dating to 1851. 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. It is now forecast to stay west of Portugal before bringing gusty winds and rain to Ireland early next week.

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