Tropical Storm Ophelia formed late Tuesday in the central Atlantic Ocean and strengthened as it moved west Wednesday morning.
Ophelia, nearly 1,400 miles east of the Leeward Islands, was moving west about 16 mph with maximum sustained winds of 60 mph at 11 a.m. Wednesday, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami.
It was not an immediate threat to the United States.
Wind shear ahead of Ophelia is expected to increase and does not favor significant strengthening over the next few days.
The official forecast has the storm continuing west before curving north later this week. The path shows Ophelia passing by the Lesser Antilles and Puerto Rico on Sunday and Monday as a tropical storm.