Sunday, October 2, 2011

Category 4 Hurricane Ophelia grows as it's trekking north toward Newfoundland in Canada - 2nd Oct 2011

Forecasters say Ophelia is a dangerous Category 4 hurricane while trekking north toward Newfoundland in Canada.

The National Hurricane Center said at 2 a.m. EDT Sunday that Ophelia had top sustained winds of 140 mph (220 kph) and was moving north at 26 mph (43 kph). Forecasters say Ophelia has moved past Bermuda and Newfoundland's Avalon Peninsula is under a tropical storm watch.

Ophelia was centered about 235 miles (375 kilometers) northeast of Bermuda. Forecasters say the storm should begin turning to the north-northeast while gradually weakening on Sunday and could be near Newfoundland sometime Monday. Ophelia is the season's fourth hurricane.

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Philippe strengthened somewhat overnight, far from land out in the Atlantic. Source