Ophelia becomes the 10th hurricane of the 2017 Atlantic season

Tropical storm Ophelia path track

Ophelia has been upgraded from a tropical storm to a hurricane.

Maximum sustained winds are near 50 miles per hour (85 km/h) with higher gusts.

A Met Office spokeswoman said: "Having been a tropical system close to the point that it reaches the United Kingdom, the storm will have a lot of energy and there could be wet and windy weather on Monday". It's still early, though, and the exact path could change. The Met Office will release any necessary weather warnings later in the week. Nate was a tropical depression by the time it started impacting the CSRA on October 8th.

Right now, Ophelia is moving east at about 3 miles per hour and is expected to gradually turn northeast by Thursday night.

Beyond that, after passing off the Iberian Peninsula, the post-tropical cyclone is expected to curl northward and remain an intense storm somewhere near or off the coast of Ireland Monday or Monday night.

"After that time, Ophelia is forecast to turn eastward, then northeastward and begin to accelerate by day three ahead of a deepening mid-latitude trough over the north-central Atlantic".

Tropical Storm Ophelia has strengthened a little far out in the eastern Atlantic, still forecast to become a hurricane later in the week.

"Although the ocean is not too warm, the shear is low and the upper-troposphere is cool". Currently, Ophelia is not expected to make landfall anywhere.

Ophelia became a hurricane late Wednesday, the tenth in a row and tying a record set more than a century ago.

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