Hurricane Ophelia is the latest weather system to whip up winds and rain in the Atlantic. But the storm is heading east toward the northwest coast of Spain instead of crossing the Atlantic toward the hurricane-ravaged Caribbean.
Ophelia officially gained hurricane status on Wednesday evening, according to the National Hurricane Center.
As of Wednesday evening, Ophelia was moving east at about 3 mph and was expected to gradually turn northeast. Its sustained wind speeds are 75 mph with higher gusts. The storm may still strengthen over the next two days.
Some of Ophelia’s rain bands are likely to hit the Azores islands over the weekend. Ophelia’s projected path then takes it close to Spain and Portugal on …