Ophelia becomes 10th straight Atlantic hurricane, marking busiest season since 1983

Today's rainfall radar. Oh yeah  Source Met √Čireann

Today's rainfall radar. Oh yeah Source Met √Čireann

A combination of a vigorous Atlantic weather system and the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia will pass close to Ireland on Monday, and has the potential to be a high-impact event in parts of the country.

At this time in the hurricane season, conditions usually begin to become unfavorable for storms to develop, but some meteorologists are saying this year is different because of warm temperatures.

The storm was almost stalled Wednesday evening, with sustained winds of 70 miles per hour. Hurricane Season does not officially end until November 30th.

Ophelia is now a Category 1 hurricane.

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Both Irma and Maria also reached fierce Category 5 strength. Seemingly every thunderstorm complex in the basin turned into a hurricane over the past two months, with many undergoing "rapid intensification" and reaching the top levels of the Saffir-Simpson scale. That has not happened since 1893, according to McNoldy.

A Weather Channel report says Florida is the most likely state to see a hurricane make landfall during this part of the hurricane season. This is allowing Ophelia to drift towards the north and east, towards Europe.

Met Office forecaster Alex Burkhill said: "Ophelia became a hurricane overnight and the forecast track takes it eastwards towards Iberia for the weekend".

This could bring high winds, blinding rain, and some storm surge to the western coast of Ireland, with wind and rain reaching portions of the United Kingdom into Tuesday. The post-tropical remnants of Hurricane Gordon moved over Ireland and Northern Ireland in 2006 with winds of 65 miles per hour, leaving more than 120,000 people without power.

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