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Thursday, September 22

Tropical Storm Ophelia Strengthens Overnight

IBTimes "Tropical Storm Ophelia intensified overnight as it churned away in the tropical Atlantic. On its constantly changing path, the storm is expected to curve north of the Leeward Islands and be located halfway between Puerto Rico and Bermuda by Tuesday morning.

The 15th named storm of the 2011 Atlantic hurricane season, meteorologists at the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami have tracked Ophelia since Friday afternoon when it emerged as a low pressure system in association with a tropical wave several hundred miles to the southeast of the Cape Verde Islands.

The storm gained momentum early on in the week.

"The low over the Tropical Atlantic has finally coalesced about a single circulation center and has enough organized deep convection to be considered a tropical cyclone," Michael Brennan, NHC senior hurricane specialist, said on Tuesday evening."
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