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Hurricane Ophelia Strengthens to Category 2 Storm

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.