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Tropical Storm Ophelia Forms in Atlantic

Tropical Storm Ophelia Forms in Atlantic

By    |   Tuesday, 10 October 2017 07:55 AM

Tropical Storm Ophelia has formed in the central Atlantic Ocean, threatening to become the 10th consecutive storm to grow to hurricane strength, which could tie a record, according to the Miami Herald.

The newspaper stated that the Atlantic has not had 10 consecutive storm turn into hurricanes since the late 1800s. This summer has already produced five major hurricanes, including three Category 5 hurricanes, the highest designation given.

Ophelia, which formed Monday from a tropical wave off Africa, was located about 845 miles west-southwest of the Azores then, the Herald stated.

The National Hurricane Center reported Tuesday morning that Ophelia, which maximum sustained winds of nearly 50 miles per hour, was expected to grow into a hurricane by Wednesday. The center stated that tropical storm winds extend to 105 miles from the eye.

"We had 15 named storms last year, but things got named that weren't really things people would remember," Brian McNoldy, a hurricane researcher with the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, told the Herald. "There's some heavy hitters this season."

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has stated that an average Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June 1 to Nov. 30, produces 12 named storms, with six become hurricanes, and three major hurricanes, noted Fox News.

Tropical Storm Ophelia is currently taking a southeastern track toward Africa at three miles per hour, according to AccuWeather forecasters. The National Hurricane Center stated that Ophelia could linger in its current location for a week because it lacked a strong steering current.

The hurricane season has left its mark in a historic away on the mainland United States and its territories in the Caribbean. Hurricane Harvey, which was the first major hurricane to hit the U.S. since Wilma in 2005, slammed into the Texas Gulf Coast on Aug. 25 as a Category 4 storm, according to The Weather Channel.

The hurricane dumped from 40 to 61 inches of rainfall in southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana, flooding many cities along the coast including the country's fourth largest city in Houston, per The Weather Channel.

Two-thirds of Florida lost electrical power when Hurricane Irma made landfall in the Florida Keys Sept. 11 and run north through the length of the state, The New York Times reported.

Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico as a Category 4 hurricane with sustained winds of 155 mph, leaving virtually the entire island without power on Sept. 20, according to the Washington Post. As of Oct. 9, USA Today reported that only 15 percent of the island has electricity, 28 percent has functioning cellphone towers and 60 percent has access to clean drinking water.

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Tropical Storm Ophelia has formed in the central Atlantic Ocean, threatening to become the 10th consecutive storm to grow to hurricane strength, which could tie a record, according to the Miami Herald.
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