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Ophelia strengthens some far out in Atlantic

Ophelia strengthens some far out in Atlantic

Ophelia strengthened into a hurricane Wednesday afternoon.

More information about the hurricane can be found online.

Ophelia will head east-northeast over the next few days and eventually make more of a northward turn through the weekend.

"Since it isn't clear exactly how strong Ophelia is, the intensity forecast is low confidence", National Hurricane Center officials said.

The 10th hurricane of the 2017 hurricane season has formed in the Atlantic ocean, although at present, it poses no threat to land. This has not happened in 124 years, or since 1893.

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This season has already been above average in all three categories, named storms, hurricanes and major hurricanes.

The other disclaimer about tropical cyclones before satellites were routinely used to examine the entire tropical Atlantic Basin in 1966 is that some tropical storms - even hurricanes - may have been missed that could have influenced any streaks, especially in the 19th century.

Earlier forecasts had suggested Ophelia could approach Spain and Portugal's Iberian Peninsula as a tropical system, which would have been unprecedented. The storm may still be capable of producing powerful winds, on the order of 60 to 80 miles per hour, when it makes its closest approach to Ireland and the United Kingdom, which it's forecast to do on Monday. It is now forecast to stay west of Portugal before bringing gusty winds and rain to Ireland early next week.

Only 15 hurricanes have passed within 200 nautical miles of the Azores since 1851, according to NOAA's historical hurricane database.


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