Hurricane season runs through the end of November in the Atlantic Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Caribbean Sea. That's a bit of an unusual track for Atlantic storms.
Ophelia has set an initial record during a season that has set off five major hurricanes, three of them Category 5 storms as well as 15 named storms.
After maintaining tropical storm status for several days, the National Hurricane Center officially upgraded Ophelia after satellite measurements of 75mph winds were recorded.
Tropical Storm Ophelia is expected to strengthen to a hurricane as it spins far out over the Atlantic. There were two others, Harvey and Jose, that reached Category 4 strength. It is expected to follow in that general direction till Thursday and pick up speed by the beginning of Friday.
Some of Ophelia's rain bands are likely to hit the Azores islands over the weekend. Incidentally, all of them have arrived in the months of August or September, except for Hurricane Fran, which swept past the area in October 1973 and Hurricane Alex in January 2016.
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The NHC forecasts Ophelia to transition into a post-tropical cyclone by Monday - but with winds remaining at or above hurricane force - as it curls northeast, then northward off the Iberian Peninsula (Portugal and Spain).
It's important to note that weather records are based on what we're able to record.
Hurricane Ophelia took shape outside of the "main development region", where most of the Atlantic hurricanes are known to form. Neither of those was a hurricane.
According to the Met Office, Ireland and the United Kingdom can expect plenty of wind and rain early next week after a weekend when temperatures will be unseasonably high and could reach as high as 20 degrees in places.
Overall, the 2017 has been a landmark season, but fortunately beyond Ophelia, there are no storms in the immediate future.