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Ophelia Weakens to Tropical Storm

Forecasters say Ophelia has weakened from a hurricane to a tropical storm as it races toward the Avalon Peninsula of Newfoundland, Canada.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said early Monday that Ophelia was lowered from a Category 1 storm, as its top sustained winds weakened to about 70 mph. The storm was moving northeast at 43 mph.

Ophelia was centered about 55 miles west-southwest of Cape Race, Newfoundland, and a tropical storm watch was in effect for the Avalon Peninsula. The center says Ophelia is expected to continue to weaken, but still pack powerful winds.

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