Hurricane Season 2017 has proven to be one for the books

Hurricane Ophelia path track map

NOAAHurricane Ophelia's path will see the storm head to Portugal

Could western Europe be the next land area afflicted by a powerhouse storm this awful hurricane season?

Ophelia is racing across the Atlantic at 6mph and is forecast to reach hurricane strength tomorrow.

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.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Tropical Storm Ophelia now has top sustained winds of 70 miles per hour (110 kph).

Forecasters say Ophelia has become the 10th hurricane of the 2017 Atlantic season, churning far out at sea and posing no immediate threat to land. This means the storm isn't moving from east to west, like most Atlantic hurricanes. This has not happened in 124 years, or since 1893.

Ireland regularly deals with the remnants of tropical systems, but Ophelia is going to approach the island as a stronger system than the usual remnant lows.

The non-tropical phase of Ophelia may feature a larger, more intense storm that could bring a range of hazards to Ireland and the United Kingdom, from damaging winds to punishing waves. If it picks up speed, it could intensify over the next day or so, then encounter increasing wind shear in three days that should cause it to weaken and fall apart over the weekend, National Hurricane Center forecasters said.

Only 15 hurricanes have passed within 200 nautical miles of the Azores since 1851, according to NOAA's historical hurricane database.

Tropical Storm Ophelia is the latest weather system to whip up winds and rain in the Atlantic.

This could bring a blast of high winds to the Emerald Isle, particularly the western half of Ireland early next week.

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