Tropical Storm Ophelia forms in Atlantic

Tropical Storm Ophelia forms in Atlantic
Posted at 10:52 AM, Oct 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-09 07:18:21-04

(RNN) - Tropical Storm Ophelia formed over the open Atlantic on Monday around 10:30 a.m EST.

The storm is currently 860 miles away from The Azores and is not expected to hit the U.S. mainland, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Ophelia features 40 mph winds and is moving northeast at a rate of 5 mph. The storm is expected to strengthen over the next 48 hours, and tropical-storm-force winds will reach up to 70 miles from its center.

No warnings or coastal watches have been put into effect because of Ophelia.

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