Ophelia is the 10th consecutive hurricane of the 2017 Atlantic season.
"Lee could easily be counted as two storms", tweeted Brenden Moses, a hurricane researcher at the National Hurricane Center in Coral Gables, Florida, specializing in the historical hurricane database. Instead, Hurricane Ophelia's track will bring it on an unusual journey: near or just southeast of the Azores Islands, to the west of Portugal and Spain, and then northward into Ireland and the U.K.by early next week. This means the storm isn't moving from east to west, like most Atlantic hurricanes. Four days later, Lee sprung back to life as a tropical cyclone and eventually strengthened to a Category 3 hurricane on September 27.
While Ophelia may lose the technical aspects that make it a hurricane, it could still pack a punch.
The high action hurricane season of 2017 continues with the development of the 10th hurricane of the season.
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Ophalia is presently the only storm the NHC is tracking in the Atlantic or Pacific.
Center officials said the hurricane is forecast to drift northeastward over the next 24 hours. It is now forecast to stay west of Portugal before bringing gusty winds and rain to Ireland early next week.
With the organization of Tropical Storm Ophelia, there have now been 15 named storms this season. Neither of those was a hurricane.
The current forecast has Ophelia becoming subtropical before it reaches the Iberian Peninsula.