Hurricane Ophelia meandering in the Atlantic

Violet Tucker
October 14, 2017

Hurricane Ophelia was "accelerating" in the Atlantic as it marched toward Europe Friday morning (Oct. 13), according to the latest update from the National Hurricane Center.

The Met Office forecaster tweeted: "Hurricane Ophelia current a CAT2 with sustained winds of 105 miles per hour due to downgrade and track towards the west of the United Kingdom on Monday".

The weather will remain unsettled ahead of the storm's coming, with temperatures reaching 20C at times.

The NOAA NHC have issued a hurricane advisory warning for Ophelia, which is now located over the eastern Atlantic Ocean several hundred miles southwest of the Azores.

Hurricane Ophelia is meandering far out at sea in the eastern Atlantic, southwest of the Azores.

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The NHC says Ophelia is barely moving and is continuing to strengthening, now boasting top sustained winds of 100 miles per hour.

"These strong winds are forecast in association with the northward track of ex-Ophelia across or near to the west of the British Isles". The storm's center is forecast to continue moving east-northeast, passing near or to the southeast of the southeastern Azores Saturday and Saturday night, with only slight weakening expected over the next two days.

The hurricane's maximum sustained winds early Thursday were near 85 miles per hour (140 kph) with some slight strengthening possible over the next day or two.

"Environmental conditions could become a little more conductive for some development early next week while the system subsequently moves northward over the west-central Atlantic Ocean". The hurricane does not now pose a threat to any land.

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