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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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