Hurricane Ophelia moving at crawl in northeastern Atlantic

Hurricane Ophelia moving at crawl in northeastern Atlantic

Hurricane Ophelia, signalled to arrive on our shores on Monday, will be downgraded from an ex-hurricane and an ex-tropical storm by the time it reaches Ireland and the United Kingdom, but the ECM model shows the current track of its strongest winds travelling across west Munster through midlands, and into north Leinster.

Hurricane Ophelia is now raging at 90mph over the northeastern Atlantic and could strengthen further over the next couple of days, according to the NHC.

But things ramped up quickly two weeks later when Harvey regenerated in the same bay of Campeche and quickly became a hurricane. Jose, Katia, Lee and Maria all became hurricanes, and while Irma formed in August, it hung around long enough to make a September appearance.

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Way out in the middle of the Atlantic, it's unlikely it will be a threat to US, although it could possibly be a threat to Ireland, the National Hurricane Center said. That's according to Midland Weather Channel's Cathal Nolan who says the wind storm could have the potential to cause power disruption and the felling of trees. This has not happened in 124 years, or since 1893.

The storm was upgraded to a category one hurricane last night and is taking an unpredictable path across the Atlantic. This is allowing Ophelia to drift towards the north and east, towards Europe.

Forecasters said Ophelia will likely bring some impacts to those areas, but it's still too early to say what they will be. The post-tropical remnants of Hurricane Gordon moved over Ireland and Northern Ireland in 2006 with winds of 65 miles per hour, leaving more than 120,000 people without power.

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