Hurricane Ophelia moving at crawl in northeastern Atlantic

Hurricane Ophelia moving at crawl in northeastern Atlantic

Here's all we know about Hurricane Ophelia and the United Kingdom weather forecast over the coming days...

Hurricane-force winds extend out 25 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend out 70 miles.

Forecasters say the stormy weather will be caused by ex-Hurricane Opelia, which hit the U.S. this week and is now heading across the Atlantic with winds of more than 70mph. Jose, Katia, Lee and Maria all became hurricanes, and while Irma formed in August, it hung around long enough to make a September appearance. Seemingly every thunderstorm complex in the basin turned into a hurricane over the past two months, with many undergoing "rapid intensification" and reaching the top levels of the Saffir-Simpson scale.

Ophelia is forecast to transition to an extratropical storm by Monday - but it could still be at hurricane strength as it moves very close to Ireland and Great Britain on Monday and Tuesday, the hurricane center said. This has not happened in 124 years, or since 1893.

Ophelia may not threaten the US - but it could move near the Azores islands, and the National Hurricane Center on Thursday cautioned those in the islands to keep an eye on the storm.

Once the hurricane arrives following its journey across the Atlantic Ocean it is expected to bring winds of up to 70mph.

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

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. 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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