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Hurricane Ophelia Moving Northeast In The Atlantic

Hurricane Ophelia Moving Northeast In The Atlantic

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

Ophelia is the only named storm on the board, and there no other areas of interest as of Thursday morning.

"By the time Ophelia reaches the United Kingdom it will no longer be a hurricane, but will most likely still be a detailed low pressure system bringing strong winds across Northern Ireland and western parts of the United Kingdom", the Met added.

Hurricane Ophelia grew to a risky Category 3 storm Saturday (Oct. 14) - a rare major hurricane south of the Azores and headed toward Ireland, the National Hurricane Center said.

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Ophelia had winds of 90 miles per hour and could maintain that strength for the next day or two, the hurricane center said.

The storm, which is now a Category 2, was initially not thought to be a land threat, swirling far from the American and European coastlines in the middle of the Atlantic. In the meantime, depending on the exact path Ophelia takes, storm-force winds and heavy rain are also very possible by Saturday night in the Azores.

Tropical Storm Ophelia strengthened to a hurricane overnight and is now heading towards the United Kingdom, forecasters warn. It's unlikely it will be a threat to USA, although it could possibly be a threat to Ireland, the NHC said Wednesday.

The Met Office has also said there is a "slight chance" of damage to buildings, like tiles falling from roofs.