Tropical Storm Ophelia not a hurricane yet; no threat to the US

Tropical Storm Ophelia to Become Record-Tying 10th Straight Atlantic Hurricane Soon, Then an Intense Post-Tropical

This would tie the record for the most consecutive Atlantic named storms to reach hurricane strength.

Ophelia will head east-northeast over the next few days and eventually make more of a northward turn through the weekend. Ophelia is set to brush past the Azores, the archipelago off the coast of Portugal.

Tropical Storm Ophelia has strengthened a little far out in the eastern Atlantic, still forecast to become a hurricane later in the week. From there, Ophelia has an interesting post-tropical future next week near the Irish Coast.

The hurricane center expects Ophelia to top out as a Category 1 hurricane with 80 miles per hour winds before becoming a post-tropical or extra-tropical system toward the end of the 5-day forecast period. It is possible that this has happened since 1893, but we didn't have the technology to see it.

There are a couple of caveats to this record, however.

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On August 9th, the National Hurricane Center updated their 2017 outlook and predicted it was going to be an above average season. Four days later, Lee sprung back to life as a tropical cyclone and eventually strengthened to a Category 3 hurricane on September 27. That's a bit of an unusual track for Atlantic storms.

Forecast: Azores Brush, Then Irish Blast?

Center officials said the hurricane is forecast to drift northeastward over the next 24 hours. 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. A named storm is classified as anything that becomes a tropical storm, which has sustained winds above 38 miles per hour.

Only two known storms have hit the Iberian Peninsula - one in 1842 and the tropical depression that Hurricane Vince dissipated into in 2005. The NHC predicted there would be 14-19 named storms, 5-9 hurricanes, and 2-5 major hurricanes.

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