Ophelia Becomes Atlantic's Tenth Hurricane in a Row

Hurricane Ophelia path update spaghetti model

But are people right to be anxious?

That is the situation we are now monitoring as Hurricane Ophelia became the Atlantic's tenth hurricane on Wednesday - also becoming a record-tying tenth straight named storm to intensify into a hurricane, the first time this has occurred since 1878.

Once the hurricane arrives following its journey across the Atlantic Ocean it is expected to bring winds of up to 70mph.

Ahead of the heavy wind and rain Hurricane Ophelia will bring with it, temperatures are set to reach 20 degrees over the weekend.

It is now around 760 miles south-west of the Portuguese Azore islands, whipping up 75mph winds as it trundles eastwards.

The last time so many named storms in a row became hurricanes was in 1893, he said. So depending on when the transition occurs, these areas could be impacted by a hurricane or a post-tropical storm, though the hurricane or tropical strom-force winds impacting the region won't care about the official storm designation.

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It will coincide with the 30th anniversary of the Great Storm of 1987, which hit southern England overnight on October 15.

The storm will no longer be hurricane strength by the time it hits Britain What is the latest United Kingdom weather forecast?

The west coast of Ireland and Scotland are expected to suffer most with strong winds.

Forecasters predict that Ireland, Northern Ireland and western portions of Britain will likely bear the brunt of Ophelia.

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

The Met Office has also said there is a "slight chance" of damage to buildings, like tiles falling from roofs.

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