Hurricane Ophelia Picking Up Speed In NE Atlantic

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Hurricane Ophelia has picked up speed as it moves to the east-northeast.

At 11 a.m., the center of the storm was about 545 miles southwest of the Azores with maximum sustained winds of 100 mph with higher gusts.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles from the center, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 90 miles.

Ophelia is moving toward the east-northeast near 12 mph and this motion is expected to continue through Saturday with an increase in forward speed. A faster northeastward motion is forecast to begin Saturday night and continue through Sunday. On the forecast track, the center of Ophelia will pass near or southeast of the southeastern Azores late Saturday and Saturday night.

Little change in strength is forecast during the next 48 hours.

While there are no coastal watches or warnings in effect for this storm, people in the Zores, Ireland and United Kingdom are urged to monitor its progress.

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