Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Category 1 Hurricane Ophelia grows stronger in Atlantic Ocean

Category 1 Hurricane Ophelia grows stronger in Atlantic Ocean

Tropical Storm Ophelia has gained strength in the Atlantic and yesterday became a hurricane, the National Hurricane Center reported. The storm is the 10th hurricane that has developed in the Atlantic this season.

On average, according to the National Hurricane Center, one hurricane forms in October.

Ireland is set to be faced with 120km/h winds early next week as Hurricane Ophelia makes its way towards us.

Hurricane Ophelia is expected to move towards Europe in the days ahead, Silverang said.

The storm tied a record for the most consecutive storms to reach hurricane force, meteorologist Philip Klotzbach of Colorado State University said.

It will coincide with the 30th anniversary of the Great Storm of 1987, which hit southern England overnight on October 15, caused £1 billion worth of damage and left 18 people dead.

The unsettled weather looks likely to continue into Tuesday due to a separate band of low pressure, and will remain changeable throughout the rest of the week.

The forecast for the start of next week isn't looking good with Met Eireann saying it will be stormy on Monday.

"Temperatures are going to steadily increase between now and then".

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