NASA eyes the Development of Tropical Storm Ophelia

Tropical Storm Ophelia to become HURRICANE on path to UK: 'Wet and windy' weather forecast

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

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said in an advisory Wednesday afternoon that Ophelia gained hurricane status as its top sustained winds reached 75 miles per hour.

At 5 a.m., the center of the storm was about 784 miles southwest of the Azores.

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At 5 pm Wednesday afternoon, Ophelia was upgraded to a category 1 hurricane. 5 hurricanes making landfall in the US, causing uncountable damages and many deaths.

While Ophelia may lose the technical aspects that make it a hurricane, it could still pack a punch.

To add to that, the 10 hurricanes we've had this season have been consecutive - Franklin to Ophelia.

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"After that time, Ophelia is forecast to turn eastward, then northeastward and begin to accelerate by day three ahead of a deepening mid-latitude trough over the north-central Atlantic". This means the storm isn't moving from east to west, like most Atlantic hurricanes.

The other disclaimer about tropical cyclones before satellites were routinely used to examine the entire tropical Atlantic Basin in 1966 is that some tropical storms - even hurricanes - may have been missed that could have influenced any streaks, especially in the 19th century.

Tropical Storm Ophelia is the latest weather system to whip up winds and rain in the Atlantic. Strongest winds are far from the center and higher in the atmosphere.

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