Ophelia becomes a hurricane, tying century-old record

Ophelia becomes a hurricane, tying century-old record

Through today, October 11, we've had 15 named storms - 10 of which have been hurricanes, and 5 of those 10 became major hurricanes (Category 3 or higher).

Ophelia is now located across the north-central Atlantic Ocean, roughly 2400 miles from the Grand Strand.

University of Miami hurricane researcher Brian McNoldy says Ophelia is the 10th straight tropical storm to become a hurricane in an Atlantic season.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Tuesday that Ophelia was located about 780 miles (1,260 kilometers) west-southwest of the Azores.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said in an advisory Wednesday afternoon that Ophelia gained hurricane status as its top sustained winds reached 75 miles per hour.

This would tie the record for the most consecutive Atlantic named storms to reach hurricane strength. The other years with ten consecutive hurricanes are 1878, 1886 and 1893.

Forecasters say Ophelia is expected to become a hurricane by Thursday.

While Ophelia may lose the technical aspects that make it a hurricane, it could still pack a punch.

The current forecast has Ophelia becoming subtropical before it reaches the Iberian Peninsula.

Ophelia is the strongest storm to develop so far east in the Atlantic since 2009, tweeted Klotzbach,. Then Ophelia will curve north towards Ireland's west coast as a post-tropical storm.

The non-tropical phase of Ophelia may feature a larger, more intense storm that could bring a range of hazards to Ireland and the United Kingdom, from damaging winds to punishing waves.