Tropical Storm Ophelia close to becoming a hurricane

Tropical Storm Ophelia close to becoming a hurricane

Tropical Storm Ophelia close to becoming a hurricane

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

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

University of Miami hurricane researcher Brian McNoldy says Ophelia is the 10th straight tropical storm to become a hurricane in an Atlantic 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.

Tropical Storm Ophelia is expected to strengthen to a hurricane as it spins far out over the Atlantic.

The storm is moving east at 3 miles per hour, the National Hurricane Center said in an update Wednesday afternoon. That has not happened since 1893, according to McNoldy.

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While Ophelia may lose the technical aspects that make it a hurricane, it could still pack a punch.

This season has already been above average in all three categories, named storms, hurricanes and major hurricanes.

The other disclaimer about tropical cyclones before satellites were routinely used to examine the entire tropical Atlantic Basin in 1966 is that some tropical storms - even hurricanes - may have been missed that could have influenced any streaks, especially in the 19th century.

After moving past Spain, forecasters expect Ophelia to come quite close to the Irish coast as a strong storm on Monday.

Ophelia has been upgraded from a tropical storm to a hurricane.

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