"A motion toward the east-northeast and east is forecast to occur later tonight, followed by a turn toward the east-southeast on Tuesday", says the U.S. National Hurricane Center.
Ophelia is a Category 1 hurricane with 75 miles per hour winds.
Furthermore, some tropical storms and hurricanes could have flown under the radar before 1966, when satellites came into the picture to examine the entire tropical Atlantic Basin. Ophelia is set to brush past the Azores, the archipelago off the coast of Portugal.
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Some of Ophelia's rain bands are likely to hit the Azores islands over the weekend.
Hurricane Ophelia may make landfall in Ireland on Monday. It is now forecast to stay west of Portugal before bringing gusty winds and rain to Ireland early next week.
Out in the far eastern Atlantic, days away from threatening land, Tropical Storm Ophelia made waves by forming into a hurricane on Wednesday afternoon, becoming the tenth consecutive storm to do so this season and tying an all-time record for the first time in more than a century. Incidentally, all of them have arrived in the months of August or September, except for Hurricane Fran, which swept past the area in October 1973 and Hurricane Alex in January 2016.
Only two other named storms have tracked within 200 nautical miles of the northwestern tip of Spain in NOAA's historical record, dating to 1851.