Hurricane Ophelia 2017 Projected Path As Tropical Storm Becomes More Severe

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Ophelia - the 15th named storm of the 2017 Atlantic Season - has strengthened into a hurricane, becoming the 10th consecutive Atlantic named storm to reach hurricane status, matching the all-time record which last occurred over 120 years ago - in 1893.

Late Wednesday, hurricane-force winds extended up to 25 miles from Ophelia's center and tropical-storm-force winds extended up to 70 miles.

Located in the central Atlantic about 760 miles southwest of the Azores, the hurricane poses no threat to land and would probably be unremarkable if not for its place in the record books.

There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect.

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Furthermore, some tropical storms and hurricanes could have flown under the radar before 1966, when satellites came into the picture to examine the entire tropical Atlantic Basin.

Ophelia developed into a tropical storm less than 48 hours after Hurricane Nate made landfall on the northern Gulf Coast of the United States.

A slow northeast drift is expected Wednesday night and Thursday, followed by an acceleration to the east / northeast.

This could bring a blast of high winds to the Emerald Isle, particularly the western half of Ireland early next week. That stat - combined with the number of major hurricanes we've seen and the overall cyclone energy generated by the storms - make this an extremely active Atlantic hurricane season by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's standards. Nevertheless, it has the potential to set records for the strongest storm to form in its location.

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