Ophelia treks north toward Canada
(CNN) — Hurricane Ophelia weakened as it churned toward Canada Sunday, but forecasters warned it will still bring heavy winds as it heads towards Avalon peninsula of Newfoundland Sunday night.
Ophelia was a Category 2 storm with maximum sustained winds of 100 mph Sunday evening, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami. The storm, which is steadily weakening, continues to move north-northeast at 33 mph.
The storm is predicted to spare the East Coast of the United States, before moving over or near Newfoundland’s Avalon Peninsula Monday as a much weaker storm, the hurricane center said.
At 5 p.m. EST, Ophelia was about 485 miles southwest of Cape Race, Newfoundland.
The Canadian province should see “tropical-storm-force winds” early Monday, the hurricane center said.
The fast-traveling hurricane moved within 235 miles of Bermuda before shifting direction to the north, leaving the island group safely out of its direct path, the hurricane center said. It was expected to cause dangerous surf conditions in Bermuda.
A second system, Tropical Storm Philippe, is east-southeast of Bermuda and not threatening land, according to the hurricane center. It is predicted to take a more westerly course.
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