Tropical Storm Ophelia forms, moving west across Atlantic

first_img 25 Views   no discussions Share Share Tropical Storm Ophelia forms, moving west across Atlantic. Image via: baynews9.comST. PETERSBURG — Tropical Storm Ophelia developed late Tuesday night in the eastern Atlantic Ocean.This system is expected to continue moving westward over the next few days. Ophelia may then make a northwesterly turn as it approaches the Leeward Islands this weekend, said Bay News 9 meteorologist Juli Marquez. “Shear will be impacting the system for several days,” Marquez said. “So only some slight strengthening is expected. Later in the week, forecasts show Ophelia could be moving into the northeast Caribbean, maybe making a turn before nearing those islands.” The storm is a little more than 3,000 miles away from the Florida coastline right nowOphelia is moving westward over the tropical Atlantic. The center of the storm located near latitude 12.7 north, longitude 41.8 west.Ophelia is moving toward the west near 13 mph, and this general motion is expected to continue for the next 48 hours, with some increase in forward speed.Maximum sustained winds are near 45 mph, with higher gusts. Some gradual strengthening is possible during the next day or so.Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 175 miles, mainly to the north of the center.Baynews9.com NewsRegional Tropical Storm Ophelia forms, moving west across Atlantic by: – September 21, 2011center_img Tweet Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img

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