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Ophelia was no threat to the USA but could move near the Azores by the weekend. The storm, moving east at 3 miles per hour, has maximum sustained winds of 75 mph. The National Hurricane Center predicts the storm to maintain hurricane strength for the next few days and could even gain a little strength. As of October 11th, we have seen 15 named storms, 10 have been hurricanes, and 5 were major hurricanes.

Tropical Storm Ophelia looked like a hurricane but wasn't one quite yet, the National Hurricane Center said Wednesday morning.

Ophelia becomes the 10th consecutive Atlantic named storm to attain hurricane strength, Klotzbach tweeted, tying the record set in 1878 hurricane season and matched in 1886 and 1893.

At 5 pm Wednesday afternoon, Ophelia was upgraded to a category 1 hurricane.

Ophelia is the strongest storm to develop so far east in the Atlantic since 2009, tweeted Klotzbach,.

The current forecast has Ophelia becoming subtropical before it reaches the Iberian Peninsula.

Forecasters say Ophelia is expected to become a hurricane by Thursday.

Ophelia would become only the third tropical cyclone to hit the west coast of Portugal or Spain since records began, following a storm in October 1842 and Hurricane Vince (as a tropical depression) in October 2005.

This could bring a blast of high winds to the Emerald Isle, particularly the western half of Ireland early next week.


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