According to the latest update from the National Hurricane Center, Hurricane Ophelia – now downgraded to Tropical Storm Ophelia – continued to weaken as it traveled over the cold Atlantic ocean over the weekend.
The most recent readings put Ophelia’s wind speeds at around 60 mph, but Ophelia started to speed up slightly as it moved towards Newfoundland at around 35 mph.
Tropical Storm Ophelia is currently situated around 65 miles west-northwest of Cape Race, Newfoundland. A tropical storm watch is currently in effect for the Avalon Peninsula. The National Hurricane Center expects that as Ophelia crosses the Avalon Peninsula, it will continue its weakening trend.
The Canadian Hurricane Center expects the eye of Tropical Storm Ophelia to pass over the Avalon Peninsula area of Newfoundland early Monday. Large swells from Ophelia are expected to hit the southern coast of Newfoundland on Monday, and the largest waves are due to hit sometime around noon. The swells on the southern coast of Newfoundland could get up to 5-7 meters (16-22 feet), officials say.