By Euro Weekly News Media • 12 October 2017 • 8:55
Image of the European Union flag.
Credit: [email protected]
A HURRICANE is heading towards Spain this weekend but current reports suggest it will most likely remain off-shore.
Ophelia officially gained hurricane status on Wednesday evening, according to the American National Hurricane Center.
Its sustained wind speeds are 75 mph with higher gusts but the storm may still strengthen over the next two days.
Ophelia’s projected path takes it close to Spain and Portugal but current forecasts suggest the storm will most likely remain offshore – although the path could still change.
The National Hurrican Center say, “It is important to realise that a tropical cyclone is not a point. Their effects can span many hundreds of miles from the centre. The area experiencing hurricane force (one-minute average wind speeds of at least 74 mph) and tropical storm force (one-minute average wind speeds of 39-73 mph) winds can extend well beyond the white areas shown enclosing the most likely track area of the centre.”
Only two known hurricanes have hit the Iberian Peninsula — one in 1842 and the other Hurricane Vince in 2005.
After Ophelia moves past Spain it is forecast to hit the Irish coast on Monday but downgraded to an extra-tropical storm.
Share this story
Subscribe to our Euro Weekly News alerts to get the latest stories into your inbox!
By signing up, you will create a Euro Weekly News account if you don’t already have one. Review our
Share your story with us by emailing [email protected], by calling +34 951 38 61 61 or by messaging our Facebook page www.facebook.com/EuroWeeklyNews
Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *
Download our media pack in either English or Spanish.