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Ophelia poised to break a hurricane season record more than a century old

  • MIAMI — The feverish 2017 hurricane season doesn’t seem to be letting up: On Monday, Tropical Storm Ophelia formed in the central Atlantic and is expected to become a hurricane this week.
  • It comes in a season that has already produced five major hurricanes, including three ferocious Category 5 storms, and 15 named storms.
  • RELATED: How the slightest shift kept Hurricane Irma from turning into an even worse disaster – – The amount of accumulated cyclone energy — a measure of the intensity and longevity of storms — is also 254 percent higher than average with seven weeks left in the season, said University…
  • Harvey swung to the south of the islands, and while it crossed the Yucatan, it was moving very slowly, giving it plenty of time to regain strength to a Category 3 hurricane over warm Gulf waters and accumulate copious amounts of rain.
  • The last time storms intensified into 10 consecutive hurricanes was in 1878, 1886 and 1893, although without satellites it’s possible some storms in between were missed, he said.

MIAMI — The feverish 2017 hurricane season doesn’t seem to be letting up: On Monday, Tropical Storm Ophelia formed in the central Atlantic and is expected to become a hurricane this week.

Debris left behind by Hurricane Irma still remains scattered everywhere in a neighborhood called “The Avenues” in Big Pine Key, Florida on Thursday, September 29, 2017. This was one of the worst hit areas in the Florida Keys, with several homes that were completely destroyed by the hurricane.

MIAMI — The feverish 2017 hurricane season doesn’t seem to be letting up: On Monday, Tropical Storm Ophelia formed in the central Atlantic and is expected to become a hurricane this week.

While the storm poses no threat to land, it could become the 10th consecutive storm to grow to hurricane strength — a streak of intense systems that will tie a record last set in the late 1800s. It comes in a season that has already produced five major hurricanes, including three ferocious Category 5 storms, and 15 named storms.

RELATED: How the slightest shift kept Hurricane Irma from turning into an even worse disaster

The amount of accumulated cyclone energy — a measure of the intensity and longevity of storms — is also 254 percent higher than average with seven weeks left in the season, said University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science hurricane researcher Brian McNoldy.

“We had 15 named storms last year, but things got named that weren’t really things people would remember,” he said. “There’s some heavy hitters this…

Ophelia poised to break a hurricane season record more than a century old

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