Hurricane Ophelia moves east over Atlantic

Posted October 14, 2017

Hurricane Ophelia, a category 1 storm with maximum sustained winds of 105 mph, is now about 615 miles southwest of the Azores, according to the latest update from the National Hurricane Center (NHC).

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

The storm is now producing incredibly strong winds, however the Met Office say when it hits the United Kingdom and Ireland we can expect gusts of between 55 and 65mph, possibly even reaching up to 80mph in some places.

Hurricane Ophelia is getting even bigger as it makes its way across the Atlantic and towards the shores of Britain.

Hurricane Ophelia has strengthened to a Category 2 storm, swirling far from land in the eastern Atlantic.

According to CNN, Hurricane Ophelia is part of a record streak of 10 hurricanes in the Atlantic this hurricane season, which began with Tropical Storm Franklin in the Gulf of Mexico.

The NHC says Ophelia is barely moving and is continuing to strengthening, now boasting top sustained winds of 100 miles per hour.

Only slight weakening is forecast during the next 48 hours.

Ophelia follows the massive hurricanes that battered the Caribbean and the south-east U.S. last month, however it is a separate system.

The hurricane center's five-day forecast, which can change, has Ophelia heading toward the British Isles by Monday.

"Maximum sustained winds are near 100 miles per hour (155 km/h) with higher gusts - a category 2 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale". The hurricane does not now pose a threat to any land.