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Ophelia Crosses Newfoundland on Track Toward U.K., NHC Says

October 03, 2011

(Updates Philippe position in fourth paragraph.)

Oct. 3 (Bloomberg) -- Tropical Storm Ophelia swept across the Avalon Peninsula in southeastern Newfoundland on a track toward the U.K., the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

Ophelia, with top winds of 60 miles (97 kilometers) an hour, was downgraded to a post-tropical system about 110 miles north-northeast Cape Race, Newfoundland, the Miami-based center said at 11 a.m. in its last advisory on the storm. While the storm was causing dangerous surf as it sped east-northeast at 37 mph, tropical storm watches for the peninsula were dropped.

Ophelia formed in the Atlantic on Sept. 20, the 15th named storm of the 2011 hurricane season, and quickly fell apart. It re-emerged as a tropical storm Sept. 28 near the Leeward Islands and grew into a major Category 4 hurricane before losing strength again in the colder waters of the northern Atlantic.

In the mid-Atlantic, Tropical Storm Philippe’s winds increased to 65 mph from 50 earlier today as it moved west- southwest at 12 mph, the hurricane center said. Philippe is about 730 miles southeast of Bermuda and is expected to curve northeast on a path east of the island later this week.

--Editor: Dan Stets

To contact the reporters on this story: Charlotte Porter in New York at Cporter11@bloomberg.net; Sherry Su in London at lsu23@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Dan Stets at dstets@bloomberg.net


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