Hurricane Season 2017 has proven to be one for the books
Oct 13 2017
Should Ophelia become a hurricane later on Wednesday, as expected, it would be the 10th straight North Atlantic tropical cyclone to reach hurricane strength, something that hasn't happened since at least 1893 (though lack of satellite measurements until the latter half of the twentieth century means there's some uncertainty here).
Category 1 hurricanes pack winds between 74 miles per hour and 95 miles per hour, according to the Saffir-Simpson scale. If it picks up speed, it could intensify over the next day or so, then encounter increasing wind shear in three days that should cause it to weaken and fall apart over the weekend, National Hurricane Center forecasters said.
No coastal watches or warnings are in effect, though forecasters say residents of the eastern Azores should keep an eye on the storm. A slow northeast drift is expected tonight and tomorrow, followed by an acceleration toward the east-northeast or northeast.
Although it initially seemed like Hurricane Ophelia was headed toward the already storm-battered Caribbean islands, it soon changed its course and instead of crossing the Atlantic Ocean, proceeded toward the coast of Spain instead, Business Insider reported. All of those occurred in August or September, except for Hurricane Fran in October 1973 and Hurricane Alex in January 2016, which made landfall shortly after weakening to a tropical storm.
More information about the hurricane can be found online. Nevertheless, it has the potential to set records for the strongest storm to form in its location. That's a bit of an unusual track for Atlantic storms.