Hurricane Ophelia slowly heads toward Ireland, Azores

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Ireland is set to be faced with 120km/h winds early next week as Hurricane Ophelia makes its way towards us.

The 10th hurricane of the 2017 Hurricane Season: Ophelia, continues to swirl in the northeastern Atlantic.

It is now around 760 miles south-west of the Portuguese Azore islands, whipping up 75mph winds as it trundles eastwards.

On average, according to the National Hurricane Center, one hurricane forms in October.

Hurricane Ophelia is expected to move towards Europe in the days ahead, Silverang said.

However, the US National Hurricane Center has predicted it will weaken to a regular storm before it hits the United Kingdom on Monday (October 17).

The storm caused damage estimated at £1billion and claimed 18 lives.

The last time so many named storms in a row became hurricanes was in 1893, he said.

The tail of the hurricane is predicted to whip the Irealnd and the west coast of Scotland.

Western Britain will also likely be battered by gusts of between 60mph and 70mph.

But he added: "It's definitely something that we are keeping an eye on, for the possibility of some disruptive weather early next week". This should take the system just south and east of the Azores.

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