Ophelia Set to Tie Over 100-Year-Old Record For Consecutive Hurricanes Formed

NBC 6's Angie Lassman has more on the storm that could become the 10th consecutive hurricane of the season.

(Published Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017)

With over a month and a half left in the 2017 hurricane season, a record that has stood for over 100 years may soon be equalled, and could fall.

Tropical Storm Ophelia is expected to strengthen to a hurricane as it spins far out over the Atlantic. The National Hurricane Center says Ophelia is expected to become a hurricane by Wednesday.

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While the storm is no threat to land, attention is drawn to the fact it would be the 10th consecutive storm to become a hurricane this season — tying a streak that dates back to 1893.

The storm's maximum sustained winds early Tuesday are near 50 mph and the storm is centered about 790 miles west-southwest of the Azores and is moving southeast near 3 mph.

So far in 2017, there have been 15 named storms, with five of them major hurricanes and three reaching Category 5 status.