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Philippe May Become Atlantic Hurricane Soon, Center Says

October 05, 2011

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Oct. 5 (Bloomberg) -- Tropical Storm Philippe, in the Atlantic southeast of Bermuda, is expected to become a hurricane in the next two days, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center.

The storm, about 530 miles (850 kilometers) south-southeast of Bermuda, is moving northwest at 6 miles per hour with 65-mph winds, the Miami-based center said in an advisory at 11 a.m. East Coast time.

The system is forecast to turn to the north today and then to the northeast, posing no threat to land.

“Philippe has a short window of opportunity to become a hurricane,” the center said in a forecast analysis. “The water temperatures should remain a warm 28 C” (82.4 degrees Fahrenheit) along the storm’s track for the next two to three days.

Philippe is the 16th named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June 1 to November 30. Some computer models suggest another storm may develop in the western Caribbean within a week, Dan Kottlowski, a meteorologist with AccuWeather Inc. in State College, Pennsylvania, said yesterday.

--With assistance from Brian K. Sullivan in Boston. Editors: Charlotte Porter, Richard Stubbe

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