Hurricane Ophelia whirls in the eastern Atlantic

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Atlantic Ocean (AP / AccuWeather) -- Ophelia is now the tenth consecutive hurricane of the 2017 Atlantic tropical season. Ophelia remains well away from any landmasses at the present time.

The hurricane is now packing maximum sustained winds of 85 mph, and could even strengthen a little more through Friday.

Ophelia is currently located around 745 miles southwest of the Azores. The hurricane is moving northeast at about 3 mph.

A strong upper-level system currently over the North Atlantic will steer the system in a more northeasterly direction over the next several days, causing it to accelerate as well.

This should take the system just south and east of the Azores. The storm may affect the British Isles as an extra-tropical cyclone early next week, bring heavy rain and potentially damaging winds.

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