Hurricane Ophelia slowly heads toward Ireland, Azores

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Ophelia is the tenth consecutive Atlantic tropical story to attain hurricane strength this season, the Met Office said.

It had maximum sustained winds of 85 miles per hour and some slight strengthening is possible in the next day or two, forecasters said.

With Ophelia becoming a hurricane, 2017 is now the fourth time since 2000 to see at least 10 hurricanes in the Atlantic Basin, and the first time since 2012.

Hurricane Ophelia is on route, with a trajectory to hit Ireland and most of the UK.

Slight strengthening is expected over the next day or two.

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It is now a category 1 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 85mph with some higher gusts.

Forecaster Eleanor Bell, of The Weather Channel, said: "Latest model guidance is indicating Ophelia will move in from the Azores across the Biscay area around Sunday and move on towards Britain early next week".

The storm will no longer be hurricane strength by the time it hits BritainWhat is the latest United Kingdom weather forecast?

Tropical storm force winds will hit Ireland and the south-west coast of Britain on Monday morning at 1am BST, reaching the northern-most tip of Scotland by 1pm.

In contrast the east of England could see much nicer weather, with temperatures skyrocketing as the system arrives from the tropics.

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