MIAMI – Forecasters say Hurricane Ophelia is rapidly gaining strength and is expected to pass east of Bermuda.
At 8 a.m. EDT, Ophelia had winds approaching 105 mph. The National Hurricane Center in Miami said the center of Ophelia was about 665 miles south of Bermuda, and was moving north-northwest at about 9 mph. It was expected to speed up and pass east of Bermuda on Saturday.
A tropical storm watch is effect for Bermuda.
Ophelia reached hurricane strength Thursday afternoon and became a Category 2 storm by Friday. It is the fourth hurricane of the season.
Earlier, Ophelia caused flooding and cut off communities on Dominica.
Tropical Storm Philippe remains far from land, moving west-northwest with winds of about 45 mph.