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Storm Philippe May Become Hurricane, Avoiding North America

October 04, 2011

(Updates position of Philippe in second paragraph.)

Oct. 4 (Bloomberg) -- Tropical Storm Philippe may grow into a hurricane in the mid-Atlantic tomorrow as the system curves away from land, according to forecasters.

Philippe, 595 miles (960 kilometers) south-southeast of Bermuda, is moving west-northwest at 7 miles per hour with 65- mph winds, the Miami-based National Hurricane Center said in an advisory on its website at 11 p.m.

“Philippe is going to do a U-turn,” said Dan Kottlowski, a meteorologist with AccuWeather Inc. in State College, Pennsylvania. “There is no opportunity for it to make a turn toward land in the Western Hemisphere.”

Philippe is the 16th named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June through November. According to the hurricane center’s latest track, Philippe is expected to make a turn to the northeast over the course of this week before heading into the waters east of Bermuda.

Computer forecast models suggest another storm will develop in the western Caribbean by next week, and it may move into the eastern Gulf of Mexico toward Florida, Kottlowski said.

“This far out, there are a lot of questions,” Kottlowski said.

The models are in agreement that something will develop, although the intensity is in question, he said. It may become a hurricane with at least 74-mph winds or develop only into a tropical storm, which has winds of 39 mph to 73 mph, he said.

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