Sunday, October 15, 2017

Azores on hurricane alert as Ophelia approaches

Ophelia approaches
The Portuguese Azores archipelago was on weather alert Saturday as Hurricane Ophelia approached, with heavy rainfall forecast in the region.

The hurricane is expected to move past the island of Santa Maria before approaching Ireland.

The Miami-based US National Hurricane Center said Friday that Ophelia was forecast to produce total rain accumulations of two to four inches (51 to 101 millimetres) over the southeastern Azores through Saturday.

The rainfall could trigger flooding, it said.

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