Weather forecasters tracking a previously powerful Category 3 hurricane in the mid-Atlantic said Monday it had weakened to a tropical storm headed toward the Avalon Peninsula of Newfoundland, Canada.
The National Hurricane Center in Miami lowered Hurricane Ophelia to a Category 1 storm, with top sustained winds weakened to about 70 mph. It was moving northeast at 43 mph.
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Centered about 55 miles west-southwest of Cape Race, Newfoundland, early Monday, Ophelia is expected to continue to weaken but still pack powerful winds. Authorities there declared a tropical storm watch in effect for the entire peninsula.
Meanwhile, forecasters said another tropical storm, named Philippe, which was moving over the central Atlantic is not expected to affect land.