Thursday 14 December, 2017

Hurricane Ophelia becomes 10th hurricane of 2017

The 10th hurricane of the 2017 hurricane season has formed in the Atlantic ocean, although at present, it poses no threat to land. 

According to the US National Hurricane Centre in an update at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, Hurricane Ophelia was positioned around 760 miles (1220 kilometres) southwest of the Azores with maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour (120 kilometres per hour). 

There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect.

"At 5:00 PM AST (2100 UTC), the center of Hurricane Ophelia was located near latitude 30.0 North, longitude 36.1 West. Ophelia is

moving toward the east near 3 mph (6 km/h).  A slow northeast drift is expected tonight and tomorrow, followed by an acceleration toward the east-northeast or northeast. Maximum sustained winds are near 75 mph (120 km/h) with higher gusts."

"Some strengthening is possible over the next 48 hours. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles (35 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles (110 km). The estimated minimum central pressure is 990 mb (29.24 inches)."

The NHC said there are no hazards affecting land at present. 

Another advisory will be shared around 11:00 am on Thursday.