"We're looking at the possibility of stormy weather coming our way early next week - Sunday night, Monday, maybe even into Tuesday morning - with the remnants of a hurricane or tropical storm Ophelia wrapped up in it". That's a bit of an unusual track for Atlantic storms.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center said the storm was located Thursday about 715 miles (1,145 kilometers) southwest of the Azores. The intensity is somewhat uncertain, however, as there have been no aircraft investigations of the hurricane since it is well away from land over the open Atlantic, forcing forecasters to rely on remote sensing techniques to estimate wind strength.
The storm tied a record for the most consecutive storms to reach hurricane force, meteorologist Philip Klotzbach of Colorado State University said.
THE MET Office has issued a weather warning as high speed winds are due next Monday, as ex-Hurricane Ophelia approaches the UK.
Both Irma and Maria also reached fierce Category 5 strength. That's according to Midland Weather Channel's Cathal Nolan who says the wind storm could have the potential to cause power disruption and the felling of trees. It actually has happened four times (in 1878, 1886, 1893 and 2017), but named storms were much more likely to be hurricanes back in the 1800s because a lack of satellites and other technology meant only the strongest storms and those making landfall would be noticed.
Ophelia is forecast to continue on a northeast to east path for the next few days.
The NOAA's National Hurricane Center (NHC) has warned that the storm will batter Ireland and the United Kingdom with torrential rain and powerful gusts.