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Hurricane Ophelia forms in the Atlantic

Hurricane Ophelia forms in the Atlantic

So, during the final third of the season, when we expect to be monitoring the Western Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico for tropical activity, all we can do is shrug our shoulders when a hurricane pops up in the central Atlantic, in October.

But the storm's more lasting legacy may be its unusual northeasterly track towards Europe.

As of 4 a.m. Thursday, the National Hurricane Center said Ophelia was 725 miles southwest of the Azores and moving northeast at 3 mph.

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The Met Office has issued a Yellow Warning for the tail end of Hurricane Ophelia which is set to hit Northern Ireland on Monday.

In weather terms however, it is still too early to say for definite whether this storm will impact Ireland to the forecasted strength as predicted, but as for now, it's current path suggests this will be a major weather event. But add in that the hurricane has the potential to make landfall in Europe for the first time in over 55 years, well, that's just so 2017, now isn't it?

"There is a lot of uncertainty as to the exact evolution and movement of this weather system during the coming four days, but storm-force winds, outbreaks of heavy rain, and very high seas are threatened".

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Additionally, the 2017 hurricane season has been busy - there were two Category 5 storms: Irma and Maria.

Ophelia will get caught in the "westerlies", the jet-stream-powered flow that moves mid-latitude weather from west to east, over the weekend as it passes Portugal and Spain and heads towards Ireland.

The last time so many named storms in a row became hurricanes was in 1893, he said.

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