Hurricane Ophelia forms in the Atlantic Ocean

Hurricane Ophelia forms in the Atlantic Ocean

Hurricane Ophelia forms in the Atlantic Ocean

Ophelia is over only marginally warm enough waters to sustain a tropical cyclone, but the upper atmosphere is crushingly cold causing enough instability for a hurricane to form, said Bob Henson, a meteorologist and blogger with Weather Underground.

Ophelia is now located about 785 miles southwest of the Azores, a group of autonomous Portuguese islands in the North Atlantic.

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Forecasters expect Ophelia to continue to slowly move on a northeast track before accelerating toward Europe.

Tropical Storm Ophelia is gaining strength and is just 4 miles per hour from becoming a hurricane, forecasters said Wednesday. The National Hurricane Center predicts the storm to maintain hurricane strength for the next few days and could even gain a little strength.

Ophelia is slowly drifting east at less than 5 miles per hour. Ophelia will then run into an approaching deep-layer trough that will make the hurricane accelerate toward the northeast. "However, despite the much improved satellite appearance, it appears that the increased convective organization has not yet translated into an increase in the surface winds based on a 1204Z ASCAT-B overpass, which only showed winds of 30-31 knots in the southern quadrant". On Wednesday afternoon, hurricane-force winds from Ophelia extended outward up to 25 miles from its center.

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Post-tropical cyclone: A former tropical cyclone that no longer has a well-defined center but could still have strong winds and drop heavy rainfall.

Extratropical cyclone: Cold-core systems associated with frontal boundaries.

This could bring a blast of high winds to the Emerald Isle, particularly the western half of Ireland early next week.

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