Hurricane Ophelia 2017 could bring hurricane conditions to Ireland next week

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Hurricane Ophelia is meandering far out at sea in the eastern Atlantic, southwest of the Azores. After all, this is just an uncommon occurrence, not completely unheard of. Three Category 4 hurricanes - Harvey, Irma and Maria - made landfall in US territories, and that has not ever happened on record! Jose, Katia, Lee and Maria all became hurricanes, and while Irma formed in August, it hung around long enough to make a September appearance.

Ophelia had winds of 90 miles per hour and could maintain that strength for the next day or two, the hurricane center said.

In weather terms however, it is still too early to say for definite whether this storm will impact Ireland to the forecasted strength as predicted, but as for now, it's current path suggests this will be a major weather event. Be sure to check the National Hurricane Center for the latest updates.

This general motion is expected today, followed a by faster motion toward the east-northeast or northeast on Friday.

Farther to the east, Ireland and the United Kingdom are also watching Ophelia's track, which could bring hurricane conditions to some areas there early next week. Ophelia nears and could potentially impact Ireland, Northern Ireland, and Scotland as it lifts north on Monday.

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.

Met Office forecaster Alex Burkhill said: "Ophelia became a hurricane overnight and the forecast track takes it eastwards towards Iberia for the weekend".

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