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Hurricane Ophelia (16L) Nearing Newfoundland, Canada – October 2nd, 2011

47.3N 53.5W

October 2nd, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Tropical Cyclones

Tropical Storm Ophelia (16L) - October 2nd, 2011

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Track Tropical Storm Ophelia (16L) - October 2nd, 2011 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of TS 16L

At 2:00 PM AST (1800 UTC) the center of Hurricane Ophelia (16L) was located near latitude 40.3 north, longitude 60.3 west. Ophelia is moving toward the north-northeast near 33 mph (54 km/h).

A turn toward the northeast is expected tonight, followed by a turn toward the east-northeast on Monday. On the forecast track, the center of Ophelia is expected to pass near or over the Avalon Peninsula of Newfoundland late tonight or early Monday.

Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 105 mph (165 km/h) with higher gusts. Ophelia is a category two hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale. Steady weakening is forecast through Monday. However, Ophelia is expected to be near hurricane strength when it passes close to the Avalon Peninsula. Ophelia is forecast to become a post-tropical cyclone shortly after passing southern Newfoundland.

Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 30 miles (45 km) from the center, and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 185 miles (295 km). Estimated minimum central pressure is 960 mb (28.35 inches).

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