Ophelia is category two hurricane and she's heading THIS way

Chelsea West
October 14, 2017

Farther to the east, Ireland and the United Kingdom are also watching Ophelia's track, which could bring hurricane conditions to some areas there early next week.

The storm, which is now a Category 2, was initially not thought to be a land threat, swirling far from the American and European coastlines in the middle of the Atlantic.

Hurricane Ophelia strengthened to a Category 2 storm, swirling far from land in the eastern Atlantic, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center's (NHC) latest advisory. However, as CNN reports, Ophelia is much farther north than the average hurricane, meaning it's not subject to tropical east-to-west-moving winds, and can instead drift north and east.

The weather will remain unsettled ahead of the storm's coming, with temperatures reaching 20C at times. 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).

Ophelia poses threat to life, forecasters warn
Ophelia is category two hurricane and she's heading THIS way

The hurricane's maximum sustained winds early Thursday were near 85 miles per hour (140 kph) with some slight strengthening possible over the next day or two.

Hurricane-force winds extended up to 25 miles from Ophelia's center Friday morning, and tropical-storm-force winds extended up to 90 miles, forecasters said.

"Environmental conditions could become a little more conductive for some development early next week while the system subsequently moves northward over the west-central Atlantic Ocean".

The milder weather will continue into Sunday, before a serious change on Monday when ex-Hurricane Ophelia hits the province. The hurricane does not now pose a threat to any land.

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