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Ophelia Becomes 10th Atlantic Hurricane of 2017, No Land Threat

Ophelia Becomes 10th Atlantic Hurricane of 2017, No Land Threat

It is the 14th named storm of the season and would become the 10th in a row to reach hurricane strength.

Forecasters at the Miami center say Ophelia should gain muscle over the next 48 hours en route to becoming a hurricane sometime Thursday.

The NHC said Ophelia is expected to become a hurricane either late Wednesday or early Thursday.

Ophelia, which is not a threat to the USA, could affect the Azores, Portugal and Ireland.

Wind shear - which could disrupt the storm's development - is light, and it is passing over sea surface temperatures much warmer than normal, which should help it sustain hurricane strength through at least Friday. But the storm seems to be heading east towards the coast of Spain instead of crossing the Atlantic towards the hurricane-ravaged Caribbean.

Ophelia, located almost 800 miles southwest of the Azores, has maximum sustained winds of 65 mph and was moving southeast at 6 mph, the hurricane center said. That has not happened since 1893, according to McNoldy. Ophelia will then run into an approaching deep-layer trough that will make the hurricane accelerate toward the northeast. That's a bit of an unusual track for Atlantic storms.

Tropical storm: A tropical cyclone that has wind speeds of between 39 miles per hour and 73 miles per hour.

After it has hit Portugal, the remnants of Ophelia could bring strong winds to the UK. Only 15 known hurricanes have passed within 200 nautical miles of the Azores since 1851.

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