Hurricane Ophelia forms in the Atlantic

Ophelia becomes 10th straight Atlantic hurricane, marking busiest season since 1983

There's still a good amount of uncertainty in Ophelia's long range track forecast.

That is the situation we are now monitoring as Hurricane Ophelia became the Atlantic's tenth hurricane on Wednesday - also becoming a record-tying tenth straight named storm to intensify into a hurricane, the first time this has occurred since 1878.

Ophelia is the 10th straight Atlantic storm to become a hurricane, and this ties the record for the most consecutive Atlantic named storms to reach hurricane status.

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Hurricane Ophelia on Thursday morning (Oct. 12) was slowly moving through the Atlantic Ocean toward the Azores and Ireland.

The center said in an advisory Wednesday afternoon that Ophelia gained hurricane status as its top sustained winds reached 75 miles per hour (120 kph).

The center of the storm will remain well offshore but high wind, heavy rain, and damaging surf will all be possible along the Iberian Peninsula.

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Ophelia is forecast to drift northeast through today and to pass just south of the Azores into the weekend.

And those in Ireland and the United Kingdom may have to watch it too. This set up brings some similarities to Hurricane Debbie way back in 1961 that was one of the most memorable and damaging storms in Irish history, thankfully Ophelia does not appear as ominous.

Ireland's weather service, Met Eireann, said the system "has the potential to be a high-impact event in parts of the country" and issued a severe weather advisory for the area.

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The Met Office has also said there is a "slight chance" of damage to buildings, like tiles falling from roofs.

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