MIAMI — Ophelia officially became a hurricane on Wednesday afternoon, setting a century-old record as it continues to move northeastward far out over the Atlantic Ocean.
The hurricane's maximum sustained winds on Thursday as of 5 a.m. were near 85 mph (140 kph) with some slight strengthening possible over the next day or two.
Ophelia is centered about 725 miles (1,165 kilometers) southwest of the Azores and is moving northeast near 3 mph (6 kph). The hurricane does not currently pose a threat to any land.
It became the 10th consecutive storm to grow to hurricane strength — a streak of intense systems that tied a record last set in 1893. It comes in a season that has already produced five major hurricanes, including three ferocious Category 5 storms, and 15 named storms.