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Tropical Storm Ophelia expected to become a hurricane

MIAMI — Tropical Storm Ophelia is expected to strengthen to a hurricane as it spins far out over the Atlantic.

Yet another tropical storm formed in the Atlantic Ocean on Monday October 9th, 2017. Tropical Storm Ophelia is the 15th named storm of what has been an active and destructive hurricane season.

The storm’s maximum sustained winds early Tuesday are near 50 mph (85 kph). The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Ophelia is expected to become a hurricane by Wednesday.

The storm is centered about 790 miles (1,270 kilometers) west-southwest of the Azores and is moving southeast near 3 mph (6 kph).

The storm is not currently a threat to any land.