A Hurricane Is Set To Hit Ireland On Monday

Hurricane Ophelia 2017 could bring hurricane conditions to Ireland next week

That's a bit of an unusual track for Atlantic storms. The storm rapidly intensified before making landfall in Texas on August 25 as a powerful Category 4 hurricane.

Mr Burkhill said cold sea temperatures mean Ophelia will not be strong enough to be categorised as a hurricane when it hits Britain. So depending on when the transition occurs, these areas could be impacted by a hurricane or a post-tropical storm, though the hurricane or tropical strom-force winds impacting the region won't care about the official storm designation.

This began a brutal six-week stretch that saw Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria, and Nate devastate parts of the US Gulf Coast and many Caribbean Islands. Such storms have winds between 74 miles per hour and 95 miles per hour, according to the Saffir-Simpson scale. The last time a season produced 10 consecutive hurricanes was in 1893, according to Colorado State University meteorologist Phil Klotzbach - a period when tracking hurricanes largely relied on ships and barometric readings. This makes 10 straight hurricanes in the modern era an even more impressive feat.

The National Hurricane Center has Ophelia transitioning to a post-tropical cyclone by Monday with winds remaining at or above hurricane force.

Ophelia is forecast to continue on a northeast to east path for the next few days.

Once the hurricane arrives following its journey across the Atlantic Ocean it is expected to bring winds of up to 70mph.

The NOAA's National Hurricane Center (NHC) has warned that the storm will batter Ireland and the United Kingdom with torrential rain and powerful gusts.

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