Hurricane Ophelia continues toward Europe

FORT MYERS, Fla. Hurricane Ophelia is moving Thursday morning southwest of the Azores, the National Hurricane Center said.

Ophelia strengthened into a hurricane Wednesday evening, becoming the 10th straight named storm to become a hurricane in the Atlantic. That hasn’t happened since 1893, according to WINK meteorologist Matt Devitt.

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The Category 1 storm is expected to move northeast over the Atlantic Ocean by Friday, according to the National Hurricane Center. It will not pose a threat to the United States, WINK meteorologist Brooke Silverang said.

The system has maximum sustained winds of 90 mph and is moving north-northeast at 2 mph as of the 11 a.m. advisory, according to the National Hurricane Center. Ophelia is about 715 miles southwest of the Azores.

Hurricane Ophelia is expected to move toward Europe in the days ahead, Silverang said.

“This general motion is expected today, followed a by faster motion toward the east-northeast or northeast on Friday,” the National Hurricane Center said.

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Writer:Rachel Ravina
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