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After days of weakening, Ophelia becomes Category 2 hurricane

In a rapid turn of events, Ophelia became a Category 2 hurricane overnight and threatened to pick up speed Friday after showing signs of weakening days before, experts sad.

The storm's sudden intensification brought with it wind speeds of up to 105 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Ophelia, which forecasters said will not affect Florida or the United States, was centered about 665 miles south-southeast of Bermuda early Friday and moving north-northwest at about 9 mph.

The storm was expected to continue strengthening and pick up speed in coming days, according to the hurricane center.

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Phillipe continued moving northwest at about 13 mph in the mid-Atlantic, some 1,850 miles east-northeast of the Leeward Islands.

While Phillipe may strengthen briefly Friday, it would begin to weaken over the weekend as the storm hit a large area of low pressure in the ocean, experts said.

Phillipe, which was not expected to hit land, had maximum wind speeds of about 45 miles per hour early Friday.

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After days of weakening, Ophelia becomes Category 2 hurricane 09/30/11 [Last modified: Friday, September 30, 2011 10:05am]
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