Hurricane Ophelia to hit Dorset - bringing winds up to 42mph

Delia Watkins
October 13, 2017

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles.

A STORM hurtling towards Scotland across the Atlantic has been upgraded to a hurricane, prompting concern among Brits.

Ophelia is centered about 725 miles (1,165 kilometers) southwest of the Azores and is moving northeast near 3 mph (6 kph).

THE MET Office has issued a weather warning as high speed winds are due next Monday, as ex-Hurricane Ophelia approaches the UK. 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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Little change in strength is forecast during the next 48 hours. And while cooler northern waters mean Ophelia won't have the intensity of recent storms that have slammed the United States, it is still likely to pack hurricane-force winds.

The fact that 10 consecutive storms have reached hurricane status speaks to the unrelenting nature of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season. That's according to Midland Weather Channel's Cathal Nolan who says the wind storm could have the potential to cause power disruption and the felling of trees.

Ophelia is forecast to continue on a northeast to east path for the next few days. 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.

Forecasters said Ophelia will likely bring some impacts to those areas, but it's still too early to say what they will be.

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