Hurricane Ophelia continues to organize and strengthen and could pass near Bermuda this weekend.
Ophelia was upgraded to a tropical depression late Tuesday afternoon and then to a tropical storm Wednesday midday, before becoming a hurricane early Wednesday evening. That strengthening trend will continue into the first part of the weekend.
Ophelia was ripped apart by wind shear, while the forward speed of the system slowed to a crawl this past weekend.
"We expect Ophelia's forward speed to increase, while the system gains organization and strength into the first part of the weekend," AccuWeather.com Expert Senior Meteorologist Dan Kottlowski said.
Steering currents will continue to send the system northward and then the northeast with time.
Showers and gusty thunderstorms impacted parts of the Lesser Antilles, Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico earlier this week.
Ophelia is forecast to pass close to Bermuda tonight into Saturday
Right now, AccuWeather.com Meteorologists expect Ophelia to pass between 100 and 150 miles east of Bermuda with the strongest winds and heaviest rains occurring later tonight into Saturday.
Meteorologist Steve Travis stated that "Bermuda could experience a few gusts to tropical storm force, however, 40 or 50 miles offshore, there can be sustained winds over tropical storm force."
Kottlowski warned that Ophelia would pose a greater danger to residents and visitors by taking a track slightly farther to the west.
Beyond Bermuda, the system could pass near Newfoundland late on Sunday or Sunday night with increasing forward speed with a dose of drenching rain and gusty winds.
By the time the feature rolls by Newfoundland, it may be transitioning away from being a tropical cyclone.
Steering currents should keep Ophelia well away from the U.S. mainland. However, the risk of localized flash flooding from an old land-based storm system will continue in the East into the end of the week.
Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Philippe will continue to maintain strength into the weekend over the far eastern Atlantic Ocean.
AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski contributed to the content of this story.
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