Hurricane Ophelia's winds down to 90 mph

Oct. 2, 2011 at 9:01 PM
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MIAMI, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- Hurricane Ophelia kept weakening as it raced toward Newfoundland Sunday night, U.S. forecasters said.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said in its 8 p.m. EDT advisory that Ophelia was producing maximum sustained winds of 90 mph as it churned about 445 miles southwest of Cape Race, Newfoundland. The storm was heading to the north-northeast at 33 mph.

A tropical storm watch was in effect for Newfoundland's Avalon Peninsula.

Forecasters said the Category 1 hurricane was expected to turn to the northeast Sunday night, then toward the east-northeast Monday. That track would put the storm's center near or over the Avalon Peninsula sometime during the night or early Monday.

Ophelia, which was pushing hurricane force winds outward up to 45 miles from its center and tropical storm force winds up to 260 miles out, was forecast to keep weakening and become a post-tropical cyclone shortly after passing southern Newfoundland, which was expected to receive 2-3 inches of rain.

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