Tropical Storm Ophelia weakens further

October 3, 2011 - 8:25 AM

MIAMI (AP) — Forecasters say Tropical Storm Ophelia has weakened further and its strongest winds are expected to remain offshore as it races toward the Avalon Peninsula of Newfoundland, Canada.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said early Monday that Ophelia's top sustained winds weakened to about 60 mph (95 kph). The storm was moving northeast at 35 mph (56 kph).

Ophelia was centered about 65 miles (100 kilometers) west-northwest of Cape Race, Newfoundland, and a tropical storm watch was in effect for Newfoundland's Avalon Peninsula. The center says Ophelia is expected to continue to weaken, but still pack powerful winds.

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Philippe was moving over the central Atlantic and is not expected to affect land.