Tropical Storm Ophelia close to hurricane status

Jerome Frank
October 12, 2017

The storm, moving east at 3 miles per hour, has maximum sustained winds of 75 mph.

The NHC said Ophelia is expected to become a hurricane either late Wednesday or early Thursday.

As of 5 a.m. EDT, Ophelia, which isn't now a threat to any land, was centered about 785 miles (1,265 kilometers) southwest of the Azores and moving southeast near 6 mph (9 kph).

Hurricane Ophelia, which formed this afternoon, is the 10th consecutive hurricane this season, putting 2017 in a unique club that includes just three previous years that have spawned ten hurricanes in a row. Ophelia will then run into an approaching deep-layer trough that will make the hurricane accelerate toward the northeast.

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Tropical depression: A grouping of thunderstorms that is showing signs of organized circulation and lowered pressure.

Continue to monitor the tropics and there is plenty of warm waters and favorable conditions for tropical development. "However, despite the much improved satellite appearance, it appears that the increased convective organization has not yet translated into an increase in the surface winds based on a 1204Z ASCAT-B overpass, which only showed winds of 30-31 knots in the southern quadrant". A named storm is classified as anything that becomes a tropical storm, which has sustained winds above 38 miles per hour.

Extratropical cyclone: Cold-core systems associated with frontal boundaries.

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