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October 5, 2011

Former Hurricane Ophelia due in Britain today


Today looks like another stormy one for the United Kingdom, made even more so by what’s left of the former Cat. 4 Hurricane Ophelia. After spinning up to 140 mph east of Bermuda on Saturday, Ophelia weakened to tropical storm strength, passed over George Calvert’s former plantation on the Avalon Peninsula of Newfoundland on Monday, and headed east. It is expected to bring rain, wind, mild tropical air and 25-foot seas today to northern Ireland and western Scotland.

Posted by Frank Roylance at 12:01 AM | | Comments (2)
Categories: From the Sun's print edition, Hurricanes


Hi Frank, I live on the West Coast of Ireland, Galway Bay, and woke this morning to very strong winds and rain, so I reckon we definately have the remanants of Orphelia. We had Katya a couple of weeks ago and I never heard winds like it in all my life. I feel for the folks that have these buggers regularly.
Any news on Phillipe for us yet?Or is it still a tropical storm?

FR: Phillipe could become a minimal hurricane in the next few days, but it seems to be tracking farther south and east than Ophelia did. I haven't seen any long-range predictions yet for its track beyond the weekend..

It was quite an eye-opener to read and see pictures of the damage Katya did in the UK some weeks ago. We here in the states forget that these hurricanes can remain quite strong and wreak havoc on others long after they've departed our regions and we have forgotten about them.

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Frank Roylance is a reporter for The Baltimore Sun. He came to Baltimore from New Bedford, Mass. in 1980 to join the old Evening Sun. He moved to the morning Sun when the papers merged in 1992, and has spent most of his time since covering science, including astronomy and the weather. One of The Baltimore Sun's first online Web logs, the Weather Blog debuted in October 2004. In June 2006 Frank also began writing comments on local weather and stargazing for The Baltimore Sun's print Weather Page. Frank also answers readers’ weather queries for the newspaper and the blog. Frank Roylance retired in October 2011. Maryland Weather is now being updated by members of The Baltimore Sun staff

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