The storm has been able to regenerate over very warm waters despite moderate wind shear. The National Hurricane Center predicts Ophelia may well reach hurricane intensity in two to three days.
The storm poses no threat to the U.S. East Coast. It’s possible its western periphery could brush Bermuda over the weekend, but model guidance is pretty consistent in tracking Ophelia’s center safely east of the island. After passing Bermuda’s latitude, the storm will race northward and transform into an extratropical system before possibly impacting the Canadian maritimes.
Elsewhere in the tropics, Philippe is barely maintaining tropical storm intensity in the central Atlantic. The storm is forecast to weaken and is no threat to land.
In the eastern Pacific, hurricane Hilary continues to gradually weaken. It is forecast to degenerate into a remnant low in two to three days.
Lastly, in the western Pacific, typhoon Nesat is positioned in the central South China Sea and is forecast to pass over the China’s Hainan island tomorrow as a minimal category 1 typhoon. The storm, which slammed into the northern Philippines Monday into Tuesday, is being blamed for 31 deaths according to the Xinhua news agency.
The Philippines must now watch tropical storm Nalgore, currently about 885 nautical miles east-northeast of Manila, forecast to strengthen into a typhoon and possibly cross Luzon island late in the weekend.