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Hurricane Ophelia: What time will hurricane Ophelia hit Ireland?

Hurricane Ophelia: What time will hurricane Ophelia hit Ireland?

Hurricane Ophelia: What time will hurricane Ophelia hit Ireland?

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. And while cooler northern waters mean Ophelia won't have the intensity of recent storms that have slammed the United States, it is still likely to pack hurricane-force winds.

With the organization of Tropical Storm Ophelia, there have now been 15 named storms this season. It is much less likely to make landfall than storms in September, however. The intensity is somewhat uncertain, however, as there have been no aircraft investigations of the hurricane since it is well away from land over the open Atlantic, forcing forecasters to rely on remote sensing techniques to estimate wind strength.

Additionally, the 2017 hurricane season has been busy - there were two Category 5 storms: Irma and Maria. Such storms have winds between 74 miles per hour and 95 miles per hour, according to the Saffir-Simpson scale.

Perhaps the most impressive statistic is that if Ophelia strengthens to a hurricane, which it is forecast to do, it will be the tenth consecutive hurricane. That has not happened since 1893, according to McNoldy.

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Hurricane Ophelia is crossing the Atlantic Ocean and could bring wet weather and gusts of up to 70mph when it hits Britain's shores.

Ophelia is forecast to continue on a northeast to east path for the next few days.

"It's unusual to see a hurricane system pass this far north", says Cathal.

Met Éireann, the Irish Meteorological Service, says Ophelia "has the potential to be a high-impact event in parts of the country", listing strong winds, heavy rain, and high seas as likely impacts.

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