Wednesday, 11 October 2017


Atlantic Storm is upgrade to Hurricane named "Opheila"
Ophelia became a hurricane late Wednesday, the tenth in a row and tying a record set more than a century ago.
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. The last time a hurricane season produced 10 consecutive storms was in 1893, according to Colorado State University meteorologist Phil Klotzbach, when tracking hurricanes largely relied on ships and barometric readings.
The storm was nearly stalled Wednesday evening, with sustained winds of 70 mph. If it picks up speed, it could intensify over the next day or so, then encounter increasing wind shear in three days that should cause it to weaken and fall apart over the weekend, National Hurricane Center forecasters said.
So far, the 2017 season is the third most active on record, behind 1933 and 2004, forecaster said. September — when the season historically peaks — has been three and a half times busier than the last three decades. Jose, Katia, Lee and Maria all became hurricanes and while Irma formed in August, it hung around long enough to make a September appearance.

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