Tropical Storm Ophelia forms in the open Atlantic

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Almost 900 miles away from the Azores, Ophelia has formed over open waters in the Atlantic.

Ophelia is the fifteenth named storm of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season. Conditions are not the most favorable for strengthening, but enough so that a slow and gradual increase closer to hurricane strength is expected by the end of the week, as it slowly moves north and east in the open Atlantic.

Ophelia is no current threat to land. The National Hurricane Center predicts it will strengthen into a weak hurricane when it nears the Azores. It's a little too far out to predict if it will affect the Azores as an organized tropical system. Models diverge greatly after this weekend. Ophelia is no threat to the United States.

Elsewhere: While Ophelia churns and slowly strengthens, the rest of the Atlantic appears to be quiet over the next five days, including the Gulf of Mexico.