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Hurricane Ophelia is getting even bigger as it makes its way across the Atlantic and towards the shores of Britain.

Hurricane Ophelia strengthened to a Category 2 storm, swirling far from land in the eastern Atlantic, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center's (NHC) latest advisory.

Hurricane Ophelia is hurtling toward Britain as the storm moves through the Atlantic Ocean and is set to smash through the United Kingdom this weekend. That's a bit of an unusual track for Atlantic storms.

Northern Ireland on Friday is enjoying unseasonably warm weather, but warnings are in place for the after effects of Hurricane Ophelia set to hit early next week. However, as CNN reports, Ophelia is much farther north than the average hurricane, meaning it's not subject to tropical east-to-west-moving winds, and can instead drift north and east.

The hurricane center's five-day forecast, which can change, has Ophelia heading toward the British Isles by Monday.

Ophelia was moving toward the east-northeast near 8 miles per hour and this motion with an increase in forward speed is expected through Saturday.

"Maximum sustained winds are near 100 miles per hour (155 km/h) with higher gusts - a category 2 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale". In the meantime, depending on the exact path Ophelia takes, storm-force winds and heavy rain are also very possible by Saturday night in the Azores. The hurricane does not now pose a threat to any land.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles from the center, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 90 miles.

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