OPHELIA 10TH STRAIGHT ATLANTIC HURRICANE OF SEASON
Tropical storm Ophelia strengthened into a hurricane in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean Wednesday to become the 10th hurricane of the season, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. The last time so many named storms in a row became hurricanes was in 1893, he said. The storm had winds of 120 kilometers an hour and was located some 1,200 kilometers southwest of the Azores, where it posed no immediate danger to land, the hurricane center said. The hurricane season has seen a series of strong, destructive storms that have wreaked havoc across the Caribbean as well as in the U.S. states of Texas and Florida.