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Ophelia May Grow Into Tropical Storm as Hurricane Stirs Up Surf

September 28, 2011

Sept. 28 (Bloomberg) -- Tropical Depression Ophelia east of the Virgin Islands may grow into a more powerful storm, while Hurricane Hilary stirred up surf along southern Baja California beaches, the National Hurricane Center said.

Ophelia was about 205 miles (330 kilometers) east of the Caribbean’s northern Leeward Islands, and heading northwest at 3 mph, the center said today in an online advisory. Packing 35 mph winds, the system is forecast to become a tropical storm later in the day with winds of at least 39 mph and be a hurricane when it passes east of Bermuda later this week.

As much as 3 inches (8 centimeters) of rain from Ophelia may soak the Virgin Islands, the NHC said. Forecasters are also monitoring Tropical Storm Philippe in the Atlantic between Cape Verde and the Leewards. That system has 40 mph winds and is forecast to weaken into a depression without threatening land.

Hurricane Hilary off Mexico’s west coast was “steadily weakening,” according to the center, which said its winds dropped to 90 mph today from 105 mph yesterday. More than 600 miles from Baja California, Hilary isn’t predicted to hit land though “life-threatening surf and rip current conditions” are affecting the southern coast of the peninsula, the NHC said.

--Editors: Randall Hackley, Paul Gordon

To contact the reporters on this story: Alex Morales in London at amorales2@bloomberg.net; Yee Kai Pin in Singapore at kyee13@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Reed Landberg at landberg@bloomberg.net; Alexander Kwiatkowski at akwiatkowsk2@bloomberg.net


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