Hurricane Ophelia could slam into Europe early next week

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

5 hurricanes making landfall in the US, causing uncountable damages and many deaths. The core of Ophelia is located about 1,220 kilometres southwest of the Azores and the storm is moving east at 3 6 km/h.

The storm formed well outside what meteorologists refer as the "main development region", where most hurricanes form in the Atlantic.

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Ophelia became a hurricane late Wednesday, the tenth in a row and tying a record set more than a century ago.

Ophelia, located almost 800 miles southwest of the Azores, has maximum sustained winds of 65 mph and was moving southeast at 6 mph, the hurricane center said.

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More information about the hurricane can be found online. The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Ophelia is expected to become a hurricane by Wednesday.

To add to that, the 10 hurricanes we've had this season have been consecutive - Franklin to Ophelia. If it picks up speed, it could intensify over the next day or so, then encounter increasing wind shear in three days that should cause it to weaken and fall apart over the weekend, National Hurricane Center forecasters said. A named storm is classified as anything that becomes a tropical storm, which has sustained winds above 38 miles per hour.

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Earlier forecasts had suggested Ophelia could approach Spain and Portugal's Iberian Peninsula as a tropical system, which would have been unprecedented. Strongest winds are far from the center and higher in the atmosphere.

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