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Ophelia, you have a tropical storm/soon to be hurricane named after you now
Posted: Posted October 11th
Edited October 11th by Q

Tropical Storm Ophelia expected to become hurricane by Thursday

Oct. 11 (UPI) -- Tropical Storm Ophelia is expected to strengthen into a hurricane late Wednesday or early Thursday -- and tie a record for the longest stretch of consecutive hurricanes in one season.

The storm is located in the central Atlantic Ocean about 785 miles west-southwest of the Azores, according to the 5 a.m. EDT update from the National Hurricane Center. It has maximum sustained winds of 60 mph and is traveling southeast at 6 mph, an increase in speed from Tuesday.

The NHC said Ophelia is "getting better organized over the far eastern Atlantic" and expected to become a hurricane by Thursday when it turns north and increases in wind speed. Forecasters said the overall convective structure of Ophelia "improved markedly" early Wedesday.

Ophelia would become the 10th consecutive storm to gain hurricane strength this year. If that happens, officials say it would tie a record set in the late 1880s.

With seven weeks left in the season, the amount of accumulated cyclone energy is 254 percent higher than the average, according to University of Miami hurricane researcher Brian McNoldy. The energy is the measure of the intensity and longevity of storms.

Harvey, which made landfall on the Texas coast on Aug. 25, became the first major hurricane to strike the U.S. coast since Wilma in 2005. At one time is was a Category 5. Since then, amount of hurricane energy has climbed steadily.

Last month, Irma became the most powerful hurricane on record in the Atlantic, outside the Caribbean or Gulf of Mexico and hit several Caribbean Islands and Florida. Later in the month, Maria intensified into another Category 5 and devastated Puerto Rico after hitting other islands.

McNoldy said it's been a strong season because of timing and luck.

Storms have avoided largely mountainous islands and have been boosted by warm sea temperatures and wind shear weak.

"It's just a matter of having one of those waves at the right time at the right place," he said.

And things are not expected to die down.

Florida has been hit by 28 October hurricanes since 1878, according to Colorado State University meteorologist Phil Klotzbach. Next was Louisiana with seven.

"If we make it through October, the odds quickly switch," McNoldy said to the Miami Herald. "So hopefully we get a break."
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Posted October 11th by Q
Q
 

Oh, shoot. How do they come up with these names, anyway?

Still the most exciting thing happening in my life, lol. Thanks for the shout out. :) How are you doing?

Posted October 12th by Ophelia
Ophelia

You're welcome. I really am not sure where they get their names from.

I'm doing good. Busy with work, school and family. You?

Posted October 12th by Q
Q
 

I've been really busy, too, mostly just with school/research and all things related.

What do you do for work and what do you go to school for?

Posted Friday by Ophelia
Ophelia

I recently started a job as a government contractor doing Tier 2 help desk support. I am working on my bachelor's in networking and cyber security and should hopefully be done by the end of next year.....hopefully.

How about you?

Posted Friday by Q
Q
 

That's super cool; sounds interesting and important. James Bond-y (I only have a vague idea of what James Bond does. What kind of classes does networking & cyber security entail?

I'm in medical school and do research on Alzheimer's pathogenesis/possible treatments. Also do a lot of volunteer things. We're in Cardiology now.

Posted Yesterday Afternoon by Ophelia
Ophelia

"That's super cool; sounds interesting and important. James Bond-y (I only have a vague idea of what James Bond does. What kind of classes does networking & cyber security entail? "

It's not nearly as cool and interesting as something James Bond does, but I wish it was lol.

"I'm in medical school and do research on Alzheimer's pathogenesis/possible treatments. Also do a lot of volunteer things. We're in Cardiology now. "

Wow, good for you. I think Medical professionals are undervalued and are in short supply. I'm glad you are in that field.

Posted Yesterday Afternoon by Q
Q
 

So your classes are like, computer programming? I'm sorry; I know so little about computers and technology in general that it's embarrassing.

Thank you! As of now, though, I am hilariously incompetent. It's a good knowledge set to have, though, obviously useful. My dream was to be a community doc in rural Alaska, making chilis and watching eagles in my free time, lol, but I'm no longer sure how practical this goal is (Alaska is really far from everything, like my parents). Out of curiosity, if you had to guess, what would you think are the most competitive specialties in medicine?

Posted This Afternoon by Ophelia
Ophelia

My classes aren't about programming. I took a programming class a long time ago and realized it wasn't for me. My classes are more about actual networking protocols and equipment that computers use to talk over the internet to state it in a nut shell.

I wouldn't even belong to know where to guess about the most competitive specialty is. Vandy would know I'm sure.

Posted 2 Hours ago by Q
Q
 
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