Ophelia becomes 10th hurricane in eastern Atlantic

Lee Herald Favicon 16Ophelia has become the 10th hurricane to form in the Atlantic this year, as the storm churns near the coast of Africa.

Ophelia reached hurricane strength on Wednesday with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph, moving to the east at 3 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center. No threat to the continental United States or the Caribbean, Ophelia’s center of circulation sits about 750 miles from the Azores, and is expected to head in a general northeastern path.

With Ophelia becoming a hurricane, 2017 is now the fourth time since 2000 to see at least 10 hurricanes in the Atlantic Basin, and the first time since 2012.

2005 remains the most active hurricane season ever in the Atlantic with 15 hurricanes and 28 named storms. 2005 was also the first year that there were more named storms than names on the annual tropical storm naming list, requiring storms after Hurricane Wilma to use the Greek alphabet for naming.

Hurricane season runs through Nov. 30.

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