Tropical storm “Ophelia” is strengthened toward the Lesser Antilles

22 September 2011

The tropical storm “Ophelia”, formed in the eastern Atlantic, stepped up today when its maximum sustained winds at 95 miles per hour toward the Lesser Antilles.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) U.S. said in its bulletin from 15.00 GMT today the storm “Ophelia” is a 2005 km east of the Lesser Antilles and is moving fast towards the west with a speed of 26 kilometers per hour.

It is expected that “Ophelia” keep that course for the next 48 hours and then turn on Friday, gradually, toward the west-northwest, said the agency based in Miami.

Forecasters said the storm could weaken in the next 48 hours.

A storm becomes a hurricane when its sustained winds reach 119 kilometers per hour, among other factors.

In this season of hurricanes in the Atlantic basin, which began June 1 and ends on 30 November, 15 tropical storms formed, of which three have become hurricanes, “Katia”, “Irene “and” Mary. “

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA, for its acronym in English) updated earlier this month its forecast and predicted that throughout the season formed between 14 and 19 storms, of which 7 to 10 can become hurricanes.

Of these, between 3 and 5 could be major hurricanes with winds above 178 kilometers per hour.