Ophelia weakens to tropical storm, passing near Newfoundland on Monday

Sun Sentinel

What had been Category One Hurricane Ophelia weakened overnight into a tropical storm as it sped toward the Avalon Peninsula of Newfoundland, according to the National Hurricane Center.

At 5 a.m. Monday, Ophelia was about 55 miles southwest of Cape Race, Newfoundland and moving north-northeast at 43 mph.

Maximum sustained wind speeds had dropped from 105 mph Sunday afternoon to 70 mph by early Monday.  Ophelia was expected to become post-tropical later Monday as it travels into colder waters and gets further weakened be wind shear.

Tropical Storm Philippe, meanwhile, has been maintaiing its strength despite being in hostile conditions for a tropical weather system.

At 5 a.m. Monday,  Philippe was about 745 miles southeast of Bermuda with sustained winds of 50 mph.

It was moving west at 12 mph. Little change of strength is expected over the next couple of days, forecasters said.

During the next five days, Philippe's projected path snakes northwest, then southwest and back northwest again. Models indicate that it ultimately might curve northeast out to sea.

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