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Tropical Storm Ophelia to Become Hurricane, May Skirt Bermuda

September 29, 2011

Sept. 29 (Bloomberg) -- Tropical Storm Ophelia may grow into a hurricane tomorrow and skirt Bermuda the following day en route to Newfoundland, the National Hurricane Center said.

Its 60 miles (95 kilometers) per hour winds are predicted to intensify to hurricane-force, at least 74 mph, the NHC said in a 5 a.m. Miami time advisory. Ophelia was about 180 miles northeast of the Virgin Islands, heading northward at 7 mph.

Tropical Storm Philippe, in the mid-Atlantic with winds of 45 mph, is forecast to strengthen before weakening again to a depression by Oct. 3 without threatening land, the center said.

In the Pacific, Tropical Storm Hilary lost strength and is forecast to weaken to a depression today and remain out at sea off western Mexico. The system has 60 mph winds, down from 70 mph yesterday. High surf affecting Baja California is expected to subside over the next day, the center said.

--Editors: Randall Hackley, Alex Devine

To contact the reporter on this story: Alex Morales in London at amorales2@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Reed Landberg at landberg@bloomberg.net.


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