Ophelia upgraded to Cat 1 hurricane

Tropical storm Ophelia path map from NOAA

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said at 5 p.m. Tuesday that Ophelia had top sustained winds of 60 miles per hour (95 kph).

Ophelia is now located across the north-central Atlantic Ocean, roughly 2400 miles from the Grand Strand.

This would tie the record for the most consecutive Atlantic named storms to reach hurricane strength.

The high action hurricane season of 2017 continues with the development of the 10th hurricane of the season.

Gradual strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and Ophelia is expected to become a hurricane by Thursday, Oct. 12 and is expected to turn toward the northwest.

Ophelia could brush by the Azores this weekend. It is possible that this has happened since 1893, but we didn't have the technology to see it.

Moses later tweeted that if separated, there would be a tropical storm, then a separate hurricane, which would make the 10-straight-hurricane record invalid.

The Weather Network forecast that Ophelia will merge with another system as it approaches the United Kingdom and Ireland before veering east.

"This is a relatively unusual track for a hurricane to take, but it's not unheard of", said UK Met Office forecaster Aiden McGivern in a video.

After it has hit Portugal, the remnants of Ophelia could bring strong winds to the UK.

Only 15 hurricanes have passed within 200 nautical miles of the Azores since 1851, according to NOAA's historical hurricane database. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 60 miles from the center.

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