The storm is moving east at 3 miles per hour, the National Hurricane Center said in an update Wednesday afternoon.
The 2017 hurricane season was forecast by NOAA, and many other forecast products to be the busiest we have seen since 2010.
National Hurricane Center (NHC) forecaster Stewart noted on October 10 at 1:44 p.m. EDT "Convective banding has continued to become better defined since the previous advisory, and an eye-like feature has developed in the center of the convection".
Should Ophelia become a hurricane later on Wednesday, as expected, it would be the 10th straight North Atlantic tropical cyclone to reach hurricane strength, something that hasn't happened since at least 1893 (though lack of satellite measurements until the latter half of the twentieth century means there's some uncertainty here).
Ophelia will head east-northeast over the next few days and eventually make more of a northward turn through the weekend.
9 around 5 a.m. EDT as the seventeenth, tropical depression of the Atlantic Ocean hurricane season.
Ophelia is the strongest storm to develop so far east in the Atlantic since 2009, tweeted Klotzbach,.
"This is a relatively unusual track for a hurricane to take, but it's not unheard of", said UK Met Office forecaster Aiden McGivern in a video. It is now forecast to stay west of Portugal before bringing gusty winds and rain to Ireland early next week.
The current forecast has Ophelia becoming subtropical before it reaches the Iberian Peninsula. On Wednesday afternoon, hurricane-force winds from Ophelia extended outward up to 25 miles from its center.