HOLT, Fla., Oct. 9, 2017–A new tropical storm has formed in the Atlantic Ocean.
While all eyes were focused on Hurricane Nate, a small tropical disturbance formed over the open Atlantic last week.
The National Hurricane Center designated the disturbance a tropical depression at 5 a.m. AST. By the 11 a.m. AST update, the depression grew into Tropical Storm Ophelia.
This is the 15th named storm of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season.
Ophelia is not a threat to Florida and should remain far away from land for the next five days, according to the NHC.
Only a slow drift toward the northeast and and east is forecast with this storm.
Ophelia storm is moving toward the north-northeast near 5 mph and a turn toward the northeast is expected later today.
Slow but steady strengthening is expected for the next five days and the NHC predicts Ophelia will reach hurricane strength later in the week.
Hurricane modeling indicates Ophelia will drift east toward Europe.