The high action hurricane season of 2017 continues with the development of the 10th hurricane of the season.
The Weather Network forecast that Ophelia will merge with another system as it approaches the United Kingdom and Ireland before veering east.
Ophelia is racing across the Atlantic at 6mph and is forecast to reach hurricane strength tomorrow. Ophelia's path then takes it fairly close to Spain and Portugal on the Iberian Peninsula, but current forecasts suggest the storm will most likely remain offshore. The remnants of Ophelia could actually impact parts of Ireland and Great Britain by early next week.
Even as an ex-hurricane, both the American and European models suggest parts of Ireland, especially near the west coast, could be blasted by hurricane-like conditions on Monday.
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As of the 5am update from the National Hurricane Center Tropical Storm Ophelia is spinning away in the north Atlantic as the 15th named storm of this hurricane season.
Ophelia is the strongest storm to develop so far east in the Atlantic since 2009, tweeted Klotzbach,.
Forecasters at the Miami center say Ophelia should gain muscle over the next 48 hours en route to becoming a hurricane sometime Thursday.
Assuming Ophelia's wind speeds pick up as expected, this would be the tenth consecutive storm to reach hurricane strength in the Atlantic this season.