Hurricane Ophelia strengthens to Category 2 storm

By: CBS News
October 12, 2017

MIAMI -- 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 latest advisory.

The NHC says Ophelia is barely moving and is continuing to strengthen, now boasting top sustained winds of 100 mph.

On Thursday afternoon, Ophelia's core was located about 715 miles southwest of the Azores, where it was virtually stationary.

The Miami-based hurricane center says Ophelia should lose a little strength in the next 48 hours but is expected to remain a hurricane for the next couple of days.

The hurricane center's five-day forecast, which can change, has Ophelia heading close to the British Isles by Monday afternoon. That's a bit of an unusual track for Atlantic storms. Currently there are no coastal watches or warnings in effect.

Ophelia became a hurricane Wednesday, the 10th hurricane in the Atlantic in 2017. It's unlikely it will be a threat to U.S., although it could possibly be a threat to Ireland, the NHC said Wednesday.

University of Miami hurricane researcher Brian McNoldy says Ophelia is the 10th straight tropical storm to become a hurricane in an Atlantic season. That has not happened since 1893, according to McNoldy. He says a combination of slightly warmer than normal water and weak upper level winds helped make that hurricane streak.

The 2017 hurricane season has been busy -- there were two Category 5 storms: Irma and Maria. There were two others, Harvey and Jose, that reached Category 4 strength.


By: Associated Press
October 12, 2017

MIAMI (AP) -- Hurricane Ophelia is moving northeastwards far out over the Atlantic Ocean.

The hurricane's maximum sustained winds early Thursday were near 85 mph with some slight strengthening possible over the next day or two.

Ophelia is centered about 725 miles southwest of the Azores and is moving northeast near 3 mph. The hurricane does not currently pose a threat to any land.


By: Associated Press
October 11, 2017

MIAMI (AP) -- Tropical Storm Ophelia is moving southeastward in the Atlantic and is expected to become a hurricane overnight on Thursday.

The storm's maximum sustained winds Wednesday morning are near 65 mph.

As of 5 a.m., Ophelia, which isn't currently a threat to any land, was centered about 785 miles southwest of the Azores and moving southeast near 6 mph.


By: Associated Press
October 10, 2017

MIAMI (AP) -- Tropical Storm Ophelia is becoming more well organized far out in the eastern Atlantic and is expected to become a hurricane later this week.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Tuesday that Ophelia was located about 780 miles west-southwest of the Azores. The storm has maximum sustained winds of 50 mph and is moving southeast at about 5 mph.

Forecasters at the Miami center say Ophelia should gain muscle over the next 48 hours en route to becoming a hurricane sometime Thursday.

There are currently no coastal watches or warnings in effect with the storm far out at sea.


By: Brittany Bedi | WCTV Pinpoint Weather Team
October 9, 2017
11:00AM

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Tropical depression 17 has continued to gain strength. As of 11 AM, the National Hurricane Center upgraded its status to a tropical storm. Tropical Storm Ophelia has maximum sustained winds of 40 mph.

The overall forecast cone has not changed much. Gradual strengthening is expected through Friday, where it could possibly strengthen to a category 1 hurricane.

Ophelia remains hundreds of miles away from the Azores, and far from the United States. It is not a threat to the U.S.


By: Brittany Bedi | WCTV Pinpoint Weather Team
October 9, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- An area of low pressure in the Atlantic Ocean is gaining organization. The National Hurricane Center started issuing advisories on the low as tropical depression 17.

Satellite imagery is showing increased organization in the cluster of clouds associated with the depression.

As of the 5AM advisory, the depression is located 875 miles west-southwest of the Azores. Maximum sustained winds are at 35 mph. It is slowly moving north at 3 mph.

Upper-level winds will help steer the depression east. The depression is expected to continue to strengthen into a tropical storm by Monday. If this happens, it will be named Ophelia.

Tropical depression 17 does not pose a threat to the United States.