The National Hurricane Center’s latest update on Ophelia shows the Hurricane remaining just that incredibly close to the South West of Ireland.
The latest update which categorises Ophelia as a Cat 1 Hurricane shows a slow East North Eastward movement with the potential for further strengthening over the next 2 days on top of the already powerful 85MPH Sustained winds and gusts of over 100MPH+!
Current projections would bring the worst of the strong winds and heavy rainfall to the South West tip of Ireland with the potential for the worst storm this area has seen in many years.
The latest statement from the NOAA NWS reads as follows:
‘OPHELIA MOVING SLOWLY NORTHEASTWARD OVER THE NORTHEASTERN ATLANTIC…
Hurricane Ophelia is centered as of 5 a.m. AST about 725 miles (1165 km) southwest of the Azores, moving toward the northeast near 3 mph (6 km/h). This general motion is expected today, followed a by faster motion toward the east-northeast or northeast on Friday.
Maximum sustained winds are near 85 mph (140 km/h) with higher gusts – a category 1 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Some slight strengthening is possible over the next day or two. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles (35 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles (110 km).’