Oct 15, 2017

Ophelia, strongest eastern Atlantic hurricane on record, roars toward Ireland

Ireland
by
Jason Samenow
,
Washington Post
Image: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Image: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

On Saturday, Hurricane Ophelia accomplished the unthinkable, attaining Category 3 strength farther east than any storm in recorded history. Racing north into colder waters, the storm has since weakened to Category 1, but it is set to hammer Ireland and the northern United Kingdom with damaging winds and torrential rain on Monday as a former hurricane.

The Irish Times reported that the storm could be the strongest to hit Ireland in 50 years. The Daily Mail reported that the UK Met Office had compared the storm to Hurricane Katia, the tail end of which struck the region in 2011.