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He also said Ophelia has reached the location farthest east in the Atlantic to register a Category 3 storm.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Ophelia strengthened Saturday from a Category 2 to a Category 3 hurricane, with peak winds near 115 miles per hour (185 kph.) The center said it is likely to weaken by the time it hits land on Monday and Tuesday.
On Thursday afternoon, Ophelia's core was located about 715 miles southwest of the Azores, where it was virtually stationary.
The Miami-based hurricane center says the British Isles, including Ireland, should be watching the storm's progress. Now there are no coastal watches or warnings in effect. But the U.S. National Hurricane Center says tropical storm-force winds are possible throughout the Azores beginning late Saturday. It's unlikely it will be a threat to USA, although it could possibly be a threat to Ireland, the NHC said Wednesday.
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Ophelia is forecast to transition to an extratropical storm by Monday - but it could still be at hurricane strength as it moves very close to Ireland and Great Britain on Monday and Tuesday, the hurricane center said.
Ireland's weather service, Met Eireann, said the system "has the potential to be a high-impact event in parts of the country" and issued a severe weather advisory for the area.
The Met Office has also said there is a "slight chance" of damage to buildings, like tiles falling from roofs.