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Hurricane Ophelia turns north-northeastward

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This NOAA satellite image taken Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011 at 1:45 a.m. EDT shows Hurricane Ophelia now about 235 miles northeast of Bermuda and about 935 miles south-southwest of Cape Race, Newfoundland. The system has reached Category 4 strength with maximum sustained winds up to 140 mph. The storm track remains northward and is not a threat to the East Coast of the US. However, a tropical storm watch is in effect for the Avalon Peninsula of Newfoundland as the system will be near the area on Monday. This is a dangerous storms with hurricane-force winds extending outward up to 30 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extending outward up to 175 miles. Meanwhile, clouds with scattered showers linger over the Northeast and the Plains remain sunny under a large ridge of high pressure. (AP PHOTO/WEATHER UNDERGROUND)
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This NOAA satellite image taken Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011 at 1:45 a.m. EDT shows Hurricane Ophelia now about 235 miles northeast of Bermuda and about 935 miles south-southwest of Cape Race, Newfoundland. The system has reached Category 3 strength with maximum sustained winds up to 140 mph. (AP PHOTO/WEATHER UNDERGROUND)

Dangerous turn for Hurricane Ophelia.

Early Sunday, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Hurricane Ophelia has begun a turn north-northeast.

The dangerous Category 3 hurricane has a reported top sustained winds of about 125 mph and is moving north-northeast at 30 mph.

The National Hurricane Center Ophelia was headed for Newfoundland, Canada early Monday—A tropical storm watch was in effect for Newfoundland’s Avalon Peninsula.

According to the center, Ophelia is expected to weaken steadily but still be near hurricane strength when it passes close to the peninsula Monday.

Another storm brewing in the Atlantic is Tropical Storm Philippe. Phillipe turned westward over the Central Atlantic early Sunday. The storm has maximum sustained winds of 70 mph and is moving west-northwest at 10 mph. Currently, there are no coastal watches or warnings.

 

With the Associated Press

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