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A Hurricane Is Set To Hit Ireland On Monday

A Hurricane Is Set To Hit Ireland On Monday

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With maximum sustained winds of 85 mph, Ophelia is roughly 725 miles southwest of the Azores in the northeastern Atlantic Ocean.

In weather terms however, it is still too early to say for definite whether this storm will impact Ireland to the forecasted strength as predicted, but as for now, it's current path suggests this will be a major weather event.

A stronger Hurricane Ophelia continued tracking northeastward on Thursday morning, far from the U.S. But add in that the hurricane has the potential to make landfall in Europe for the first time in over 55 years, well, that's just so 2017, now isn't it?

On average, according to the National Hurricane Center, one hurricane forms in October. Its top sustained winds were clocked at 90 miles per hour (150 kph) and the storm is moving to the north-northeast at 2 miles per hour (4 kph). Over the weekend it accelerates off to the north-northeast, continuing on this track through early next week. And while cooler northern waters mean Ophelia won't have the intensity of recent storms that have slammed the USA, it is still likely to pack hurricane-force winds.

As we move into the start of the new week, Ophelia is forecaat to undergo extratropical transition, becoming a post-tropical storm.

Perhaps the most impressive statistic is that if Ophelia strengthens to a hurricane, which it is forecast to do, it will be the tenth consecutive hurricane.

Ophelia is forecast to hit Ireland and the south-west coast of Britain at about 1am BST, before moving up to the northern-most tip of Scotland by 1pm.

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