Hurricane Season 2017 has proven to be one for the books

Hurricane Season 2017 has proven to be one for the books

9 around 5 a.m. EDT as the seventeenth, tropical depression of the Atlantic Ocean hurricane season.

Ophelia is racing across the Atlantic at 6mph and is forecast to reach hurricane strength tomorrow.

Forecasters say Ophelia is beginning to look like a hurricane on satellite images but hasn't quite reached hurricane status yet.

More information about the hurricane can be found online.

Tropical Storm Ophelia has strengthened a little far out in the eastern Atlantic, still forecast to become a hurricane later in the week.

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Some of Ophelia's rain bands are likely to hit the Azores islands over the weekend. It is possible that this has happened since 1893, but we didn't have the technology to see it.

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

Ophelia is the strongest storm to develop so far east in the Atlantic since 2009, tweeted Klotzbach,. It is now forecast to stay west of Portugal before bringing gusty winds and rain to Ireland early next week.

The NHC forecasts Ophelia to transition into a post-tropical cyclone by Monday - but with winds remaining at or above hurricane force - as it curls northeast, then northward off the Iberian Peninsula (Portugal and Spain). Only 15 known hurricanes have passed within 200 nautical miles of the Azores since 1851.

The Weather Network forecast that Ophelia will merge with another system as it approaches the United Kingdom and Ireland before veering east.