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Hurricane Ophelia Expected to Hit East of Bermuda Later Today

October 01, 2011

Oct. 1 (Bloomberg) -- Ophelia, a Category 3 storm with maximum sustained winds of 120 miles (193 kilometers) per hour, is moving north on a track that will take it to the east of Bermuda.

Ophelia is 385 miles south-southeast of Bermuda and moving north at 17 mph. A tropical storm watch is in effect for Bermuda, where the outer edge of the system should arrive later today, according to the latest National Hurricane Center advisory.

“Tropical-storm-force winds are possible on Bermuda by this afternoon,” according to the advisory. “Large swells created by Ophelia will cause hazardous surf conditions along the south-facing beaches of Bermuda.”

Ophelia is one of 16 storms that have formed during this year’s season, which runs from June 1 to Nov. 30. The Atlantic normally produces 11 named storms with winds of at least 39 mph, according to the hurricane center.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Mike Harrison at mharrison5@bloomberg.net


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