Hurricane Ophelia became the 10th straight storm in the Atlantic to be named a hurricane Wednesday afternoon, tying a record set more than 100 years ago.
Located about 760 miles southwest of the Azores, Hurricane Ophelia is swinging northeast at 3 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center. The storm is not forecast to be a threat to the U.S. and over the next two days, the forecasters believe Ophelia, which has 75 mph sustained maximum winds, will strengthen as it heads in the direction of Ireland, but will weaken back into a tropical storm by early next week.
In terms of history, the storm is significant as it ties a record not seen in more than a century.
Dr. Phil Klotzbach, a Colorado State University tropical meteorologist, noted upon Ophelia's upgrade to a hurricane, that the last time 10 straight tropical storms became hurricanes was in 1893, and once in each of the two preceding decades.
#Ophelia is 10th consecutive Atlantic named storm to reach hurricane - tying the all-time record set in 1878 and equaled in 1886 & 1893. pic.twitter.com/tfXoPxbyGV— Philip Klotzbach (@philklotzbach) October 11, 2017
However, one prior hurricane this season could throw a wrench in this record.
Hurricane Lee became a hurricane in September, but weakened significantly below hurricane-strength before jumping back to become a Category 3 storm. Because of that, Brenden Moses, a University of Miami hurricane researcher, says that "Lee could easily be counted as two storms." The Weather Channel also notes that the 100 years claim may not be true as some tropical storm systems may have been missed altogether because satellites weren't used to monitor the entirety of the Atlantic Basin before 1966.
Four separate hurricanes have made landfall over the U.S. so far in 2017, the first time this has happened since 2005.
Puerto Rico is still recovering from the Hurricane Maria, which ran through the Caribbean last month, with power outages and food shortages effecting large swaths of the U.S. island territory.
The last hurricane to hit the U.S. came last weekend, when Hurricane Nate, a Category 1 storm, made landfall near the mouth of the Mississippi River.
Several meteorologists have noted that this hurricane season, which ends on Nov. 30, has been considerably active compared to most.