Hurricane Helene weakened as it headed north over the open Atlantic Ocean with winds of 115 mph Saturday, and forecasters said there was little chance it would ever reach land.

At 6 p.m. EDT, Helene was centered near latitude 18.6 north longitude 48.8 west, or about 850 miles east of Antigua. The storm was moving north-northwest at about 10 mph, and was expected to turn north after midnight."The hurricane is moving toward the north northwest about 10 mph, and is expected to continue that motion for the next 12 hours with a gradual turn toward the north thereafter," said forecaster Hal Gerrish of the National Hurricane Center.