Hurricane Ophelia forms in the Atlantic Ocean

Hurricane Ophelia forms in the Atlantic Ocean

Hurricane Ophelia forms in the Atlantic Ocean

This season has already been above average in all three categories, named storms, hurricanes and major hurricanes. It formed in the Central Atlantic Ocean about 875 miles (1,405 km) west-southwest of the Azores islands.

Ophelia became a hurricane late Wednesday, the tenth in a row and tying a record set more than a century ago.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said in an advisory Wednesday afternoon that Ophelia gained hurricane status as its top sustained winds reached 120 km/h. This means the storm isn't moving from east to west, like most Atlantic hurricanes.

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). The other years with ten consecutive hurricanes are 1878, 1886 and 1893.

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Moses later tweeted that if separated, there would be a tropical storm, then a separate hurricane, which would make the 10-straight-hurricane record invalid.

"If I only had conventional satellite imagery, I would definitely estimate that Ophelia was a hurricane", NHC forecaster Lixion Avila said. Ophelia is now tracking towards Portugal, and will likely pass to the west of the country. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 60 miles from the center.

Only 15 hurricanes have passed within 200 nautical miles of the Azores since 1851, according to NOAA's historical hurricane database.

After moving past Spain, forecasters expect Ophelia to come quite close to the Irish coast as a strong storm on Monday.

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