Hurricane Ophelia is headed toward Europe

Business Insider | 10/11/2017 | Kevin Loria
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Hurricane Ophelia is the latest weather system to whip up winds and rain in the Atlantic. But the storm is heading east towards the northwest coast of Spain instead of crossing the Atlantic towards the hurricane-ravaged Caribbean.

Ophelia officially gained hurricane status on Wednesday evening, according to the National Hurricane Center.

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Right now, Ophelia is moving east at about 3 mph and is expected to gradually turn northeast. Its sustained wind speeds are currently 75 mph with higher gusts. The storm may still strengthen some over the next two days.

Some of Ophelia's rain bands are likely to hit the Azores islands over the weekend. Ophelia's path then takes it fairly close to Spain and Portugal on the Iberian Peninsula, but current forecasts suggest the storm will most likely remain offshore. It's still early, though, and the exact path could change.

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