Tropical Storm Ophelia forms in far off Atlantic

Update 10:45 a.m.: Tropical Storm Ophelia has formed in the far off Atlantic.

Ophelia is no threat to land, but is the 15th named storm this season. A normal hurricane season has just 12 named storms.

Ophelia, which National Hurricane Center forecasters said could gain hurricane strength late in the 5-day forecast period, is moving north-northeast at 5 mph.

Previous story: Tropical Depression 17 formed this morning in the far off Atlantic and is no threat to land, but the system could develop into Ophelia today – the 15th named storm of the season.

The average hurricane season has just 12 named storms.

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As of a 5 a.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center, the depression was 875 miles west-southwest of the Azores and moving north at a crawling 3 mph.

Maximum sustained winds are 35 mph with higher gusts.

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Forecasters said they expect the system to become Ophelia today.

But it is not forecast to become a hurricane, topping out instead with 60 mph winds through at least the 5-day forecast period.

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