Hurricane center watching new area in Caribbean, Ireland eyeing Cat 2 Ophelia

The National Hurricane Center is watching a new area east of the Lesser Antilles for possible tropical development.

The strong tropical wave, which is not expected to impact the U.S., is a mass of showers and thunderstorms for the time being, and forecasters are giving it just a 30 percent chance of developing over five days.

While upper-level winds are working against anything forming in the near term, conditions for strengthening improve next week, forecasters said.

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The next name on the 2017 hurricane list is Philippe.

Hurricane season lasts through Nov. 30.

In the eastern Atlantic, Hurricane Ophelia is now a Category 2 hurricane moving 8 mph to the east-northeast.

The odd storm, 615 miles southwest of the Azores, is expected to reach Ireland early next week,  transitioning to a hurricane-force post tropical cyclone just before a possible landfall.

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Residents in Ireland and the United Kingdom are should monitor the progress of Ophelia for the next several days, forecasters warned.

Category 2 Hurricane Ophelia is seen top right in this satellite image with the new area of possible development in to the bottom center. RAMB/CIRA slider

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