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Philippe Close to Hurricane Strength in Atlantic, NHC Says

October 06, 2011

Oct. 6 (Bloomberg) -- Tropical Storm Philippe is nearing hurricane status in the Atlantic southeast of Bermuda though it poses no threat to land, the National Hurricane Center said.

The storm, about 455 miles (735 kilometers) from Bermuda, is moving north-northeast at 8 miles per hour with 70 mph winds, the Miami-based center said in a 5 a.m. East coast time advisory. A storm becomes a hurricane when winds reach 74 mph.

Philippe is expected to become a hurricane later today before “slow weakening starts” tomorrow, the NHC said. Its forecast path shows the storm may be a hurricane for two to three days, then dissipate over cooler North Atlantic waters.

In the Pacific off Mexico’s west coast, a tropical depression formed with 35 mph winds that’s about 885 miles south-southwest of Baja California. The system may become a tropical storm later today or tomorrow, the NHC said.

--Editors: Randall Hackley, John Buckley

To contact the reporter on this story: Sherry Su in London at lsu23@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Stephen Voss at sev@bloomberg.net


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