Ophelia strengthens to a Category 2 hurricane
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Hurricane Ophelia has strengthened to a Category 2 storm, swirling far from land in the eastern Atlantic.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Ophelia is barely moving and is continuing to strengthening, now boasting top sustained winds of 100 mph (kph).
On Thursday afternoon, Ophelia’s core was located about 715 miles (1,150 kilometers) southwest of the Azores, where it was virtually stationary.
The Miami-based hurricane center says Ophelia should lose a little strength in the next 48 hours but is expected to remain a hurricane for the next couple of days.
The hurricane center’s five-day forecast, which can change, has Ophelia heading close to the British Isles by Monday afternoon. That’s a bit of an unusual track for Atlantic storms. Currently there are no coastal watches or warnings in effect.