Hurricane Ophelia, which has weakened slightly after its passage near the Portuguese archipelago of the Azores, is headed towards Ireland and the United Kingdom with maximum sustained winds of 105 miles per hour (165 kilometers per hour), reported Sunday the National Center of Hurricanes (CNH) in the United States. Ophelia, category 2, is located 475 miles (765 kilometers) east of the Portuguese islands and 965 miles (1,550 kilometers) south-west of Mizen Head, in Ireland, according to the Miami-based meteorological center.
The sixth major hurricane of the current hurricane season in the Atlantic, after reaching Saturday, category 3 of the Saffir-Simpson scale, moves at 35 miles per hour (56 kilometers per hour) and maintains its trajectory towards the northeast.
The hurricane will rotate toward the northeast on Sunday night and, on the forecasted route, Ophelia's eye will be near the coast of Ireland on Monday, the day on which the CNH expects Ophelia to become "a powerful post-tropical cyclone with winds with force of hurricane ".
Ophelia's hurricane winds extend up to 45 miles (75 kilometers) from its center, while tropical storm winds reach as far as 150 miles (240 kilometers) from the center.
Ophelia will leave rains of between two and three inches (between 50 and 75 millimeters) over western Ireland and Scotland until next Tuesday, warns in its latest bulletin CNH.
It is the sixth major hurricane of this active cyclonic season in the Atlantic basin, after Harvey, Maria, Irma, Lee and Jose. It is, moreover, the tenth tropical storm that becomes a hurricane consecutively in the Atlantic, which is a historical mark that was not repeated for more than a century.