Ophelia Becomes Atlantic's Tenth Hurricane in a Row

Source Shutterstock  Rainer Fuhrmann

Source Shutterstock Rainer Fuhrmann

Farther to the east, Ireland and the United Kingdom are also watching Ophelia's track, which could bring hurricane conditions to some areas there early next week. Three Category 4 hurricanes - Harvey, Irma and Maria - made landfall in US territories, and that has not ever happened on record!

The 10th hurricane of the 2017 Hurricane Season: Ophelia, continues to swirl in the northeastern Atlantic. This set up brings some similarities to Hurricane Debbie way back in 1961 that was one of the most memorable and damaging storms in Irish history, thankfully Ophelia does not appear as ominous.

"After that, indications are that by that point it will then have weakened and be no longer a hurricane or tropical storm - it will be extratropical".

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

Ophelia is forecast to hit Ireland and the south-west coast of Britain at about 1am BST, before moving up to the northern-most tip of Scotland by 1pm.

The storm caused damage estimated at £1billion and claimed 18 lives.

The consecutive hurricane streak began quietly on August 9 when Tropical Storm Franklin strengthened into the season's first hurricane while over the Bay of Campeche in the Gulf of Mexico.

But he added: "It's definitely something that we are keeping an eye on, for the possibility of some disruptive weather early next week".

In contrast the east of England could see much nicer weather, with temperatures skyrocketing as the system arrives from the tropics.

A Met Office statement said: "A spell of very windy weather is likely on Monday in association with ex-Ophelia".

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