Hurricane Ophelia picks up speed as it heads north
Sunday, October 2, 2011
MIAMI (AP) -- Forecasters say Hurricane Ophelia is expected to pass near or over Newfoundland, Canada, by early Monday.
The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Sunday that Ophelia was a Category 2 storm with top sustained winds of about 110 mph (177 kph). The storm was moving north-northeast at 31 mph (50 kph).
Ophelia was centered about 680 miles (1094 kilometers) southwest of Cape Race, Newfoundland, and a tropical storm watch was in effect for Newfoundland's Avalon Peninsula. The center says Ophelia is expected to weaken steadily but still be near hurricane strength when it approaches the peninsula Monday.
Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Philippe was moving over the central Atlantic and is not expected to affect land.