Published: Tue, October 10, 2017
Sports | By Ivan Ross

Tropical Storm Ophelia forms in Atlantic, no immediate threat to land

Tropical Storm Ophelia forms in Atlantic, no immediate threat to land

New Tropical Depression 17 has formed in the eastern Atlantic west of the Azores.

If it follows that script it will make Ophelia the ninth hurricane of 2017 - so far.

Hurricane season runs through the end of the month of November in the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea.

At that time, it had maximum sustained winds near 40 miles per hour and was headed north northeast at five miles per hour.

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Ophelia wasn't expected to go very far this week and would stay safely away from land.

There are not now any watches or warnings in place for Tropical Storm Ophelia, which is not expected to make landfall.

"If Ophelia and Philippe become hurricanes then we will break the record with 11 consecutive", Varian said.

Harvey made U.S. landfall in late August as a Category 4 hurricane.

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A turn to the east and ESE is expected to occur Monday night and Tuesday.

Ophelia, which National Hurricane Center forecasters said could gain hurricane strength late in the 5-day forecast period, is moving north-northeast at 5 miles per hour. "Some strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours", the weather service said. "Not because we think it's a threat".

Yesterday Nate made landfall in MS as a Category 1 hurricane, and rapidly weakened thereafter.

More than 100,000 people were without power in Alabama and MS this weekend.

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