The Met Office: "Ophelia will no longer be a hurricane, but will most likely still be a detailed low pressure system bringing strong winds across Northern Ireland and western parts of the United Kingdom".
The hurricane is about 745 miles south-west of the Azores archipelago and could be strengthen over the next 24 hours.
Ophelia is moving slowly northeast through the Atlantic at 3mph.
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It is expected to hit Irish shores sometime on Monday.
The Met Office said that the Great Storm of October 15 and 16, 1987, was a "wake-up call" for weather service providers and helped to identify gaps in severe weather forecasting capability.
Hurricane Ophelia is expected to move towards Europe in the days ahead, Silverang said.
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Before the tropical storm lands, it is predicted to push a band of warm air towards us first.
Forecasters say Hurricane Ophelia is strengthening over the eastern Atlantic Ocean.
"But we expect temperatures to be 4C to 6C above normal for the time of year over the weekend with a gradual cooler trend through next week. However, temperatures are still set to be one or two degrees above normal".
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The hurricane season has seen a series of strong, destructive storms that have wreaked havoc across the Caribbean as well as in the U.S. states of Texas and Florida.