Hurricane Ophelia Moving At Snail's Pace To Northeast


Ophelia is the tenth consecutive Atlantic tropical story to attain hurricane strength this season, the Met Office said.

Gusts of up to 70mph and wet weather could batter Britain's shores as Hurricane Ophelia crosses the Atlantic Ocean in the coming days, despite other parts of the country basking in the heatwave approaching from Spain this weekend.

Ophelia is centered about 725 miles (1,165 kilometers) southwest of the Azores and is moving northeast near 3 mph (6 kph).

The Category 1 storm now poses no threat to land, forecasters said, and no watches or warnings have been issued. Forecasters say slight strengthening is possible over the next couple of days.

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Ophelia is on track to reach the United Kingdom nearly 30 years to the day of the Great Storm of 1987, which killed 22 people across Britain, France and the Channel Islands. 2005 was also the first year that there were more named storms than names on the annual tropical storm naming list, requiring storms after Hurricane Wilma to use the Greek alphabet for naming.

The storm brought 120mph winds, causing heavy damage to the National Grid and felling an estimated 15 million trees.

A Weather Channel report says Florida is the most likely state to see a hurricane make landfall during this part of the hurricane season.