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Tropical Storm Ophelia Forms in the Atlantic Ocean

9 Oct 2017, 10:05 am

Intensification, often rapidly, has been the theme of 2017 hurricane season and today is no exception. Earlier this morning, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) issued their first advisory on Tropical Depression 17. The storm has already been upgraded to Tropical Storm Ophelia with the late morning advisory.

NHC notes that the thunderstorm pattern of the Ophelia has continued to improve this morning, the main reason for the upgrade. Some thunderstorm activity has developed near or over the center, along with an increase in curved banding features in the eastern semicircle.

Ophelia is located well out to sea in the Atlantic Ocean, 860 miles west-southwest of the Azores and more than 2100 miles east of the U.S. East Coast. The cyclone has winds around 40 mph and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles from the center.

Ophelia is moving to the north-northeast at 5 mph, and is expected to turn slight to the northeast today. Some strengthening is expected over the next few days. Although Ophelia is forecast to remain over marginally warm water temperatures, much colder-than-normal temperatures aloft should offset the relatively cool ocean temperatures and produce sufficient instability to generate moderate to strong thunderstorms around the cyclone this week.

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Mace Michaels

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