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Miami (AFP) Sept 29, 2011
Ophelia became the fourth hurricane of the 2011 Atlantic season on Thursday and was forecast to gather strength, weather experts said, announcing a storm watch was in effect for Bermuda.
Ophelia, a category one storm on the Saffir-Simpson wind scale, was located 770 miles (1,235 kilometers) south-southeast of Bermuda, the Miami-based National Hurricane Center said.
The storm has maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour (120 kph) and was moving north-northwest at a speed of almost nine miles an hour.
"Some additional strengthening is forecast during the next day or so," the center warned, adding that Bermuda would begin to experience tropical storm force winds late Saturday.
Hurricane Irene was the most severe of the previous three hurricanes, unleashing deadly floods and storm surges in the eastern United States.
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Philippines struggles in wake of killer typhoon
Manila (AFP) Sept 29, 2011
Slum dwellers in the Philippine capital rummaged through their flattened homes Thursday as villagers on remote farms battled floods, two days after a monster typhoon killed at least 39 people. Authorities warned the death toll from Typhoon Nesat would continue to climb, with dozens of people still missing and more accidents likely as tens of thousands of others struggled with the storm's aft ... read more
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