Published: Fri, October 13, 2017
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

Hurricane Ophelia to hit Dorset - bringing winds up to 42mph

Hurricane Ophelia to hit Dorset - bringing winds up to 42mph

"That's unusually warm for this time of year, and it could be these warm temperatures combining with Atlantic cold air that's causing this windstorm to be as strong as it is". It is much less likely to make landfall than storms in September, however.

Ophelia became a hurricane on Wednesday, becoming the 10th hurricane in the Atlantic in 2017.

The storm tied a record for the most consecutive storms to reach hurricane force, meteorologist Philip Klotzbach of Colorado State University said.

Little change in strength is forecast during the next 48 hours.

This began a brutal six-week stretch that saw Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria, and Nate devastate parts of the US Gulf Coast and many Caribbean Islands.

The storm was upgraded to a category one hurricane last night and is taking an unpredictable path across the Atlantic.

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Ophelia is forecast to transition to an extratropical storm by Monday - but it could still be at hurricane strength as it moves very close to Ireland and Great Britain on Monday and Tuesday, the hurricane center said.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said the storm was located Thursday about 715 miles (1,145 kilometers) southwest of the Azores.

Ophelia is forecast to drift northeast through today and to pass just south of the Azores into the weekend.

The NOAA's National Hurricane Center (NHC) has warned that the storm will batter Ireland and the United Kingdom with torrential rain and powerful gusts.

While rare, it is not unprecedented to have post-tropical storms reach the British Isles.

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