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article imageHurricane Ophelia set to hit Newfoundland

By Andrew Reeves     Oct 3, 2011 in Environment
Belleoram - Environment Canada is reporting that Hurricane Ophelia is continuing to weaken as it approaches Newfoundland, as wind and rain are gradually moving off the island. One community, however, has been evacuated.
Environment Canada is stating that Hurricane Ophelia is set to hit Newfoundland and Labrador on Canada's East Coast with winds of upwards of 110 km/h. The report does indicate, however, that "Ophelia continues to weaken," and that "rain from the storm is moving rapidly off the island this morning" as of 9:00 am Atlantic time.
The entire island is on alert, but the Avalon Peninsula on the Southeastern part of the Island is expected to bear the brunt of the wind and rain. Upwards of 40 to 60 mm of rain is expected in the span of six hours. According to the Environment Canada statement, 13 metre waves have been reported off Sable Island, Nova Scotia to the south, but are likely to weaken before reaching Newfoundland.
According to CTV News, at least one community of 450 people has received an evacuation order after parts of the road into the harbour town were washed away. Five homes in Belleoram, Newfoundland have been evacuated until the waters recede.
After reaching Category 4 status off Bermuda, Hurricane Ophelia veered west of the US Atlantic coast as it made its way northward. Newfoundland is expected to weather the worst of the weakening storm.
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