Category 1 Hurricane Ophelia grows stronger in Atlantic Ocean

Forecasters say Hurricane Ophelia is strengthening over the eastern Atlantic Ocean.

Ophelia is now the tenth consecutive hurricane of the 2017 Atlantic tropical season. Ophelia remains well away from any landmasses at the present time.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says Ophelia's center is 745 miles southwest of the Azores late Wednesday.

The Category 1 hurricane has max sustained winds of 85 mph . Forecasters say slight strengthening is possible over the next couple of days.

Ophelia is moving northeast at 3 mph.


A strong upper-level system currently over the North Atlantic will steer the system in a more northeasterly direction over the next several days, causing it to accelerate as well. This should take the system just south and east of the Azores. The storm may affect the British Isles as an extra-tropical cyclone early next week, bring heavy rain and potentially damaging winds.

An area of disturbed weather located north of Cuba is being caused by the interaction between an upper-level low and a tropical wave. Both features will move westward and bring unsettled weather to the Bahamas and South Florida through Friday and into the upcoming weekend.

Strong vertical wind shear and the lack of an actual low-level feature will prevent this system from organizing during the next few days.

No new development is expected across the rest of the Atlantic basin through the rest of this week and through at least the weekend.

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