NEWS
10/02/2011 11:31 EDT | Updated 12/02/2011 05:12 EST

Parts of Newfoundland under watch as Hurricane Ophelia heads north

HALIFAX - Canadian Hurricane Centre says Hurricane Ophelia is expected to pass near Newfoundland early Monday as a strong post-tropical storm.

The centre says Ophelia has weakened to a Category 1 storm with top sustained winds of about 130 kilometres an hour. The storm is moving north-northeast at 54 kilometres an hour.

Environment Canada says the storm could still pack enough punch to bring heavy rain and gusts of up to 90 kilometres an hour.

Large waves are also anticipated along the south coast of Newfoundland.

Ophelia is centred about 530 kilometres southwest of Cape Race, N.L., and a tropical storm watch is in effect for Newfoundland's Avalon Peninsula.

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Philippe was moving over the central Atlantic and is not expected to affect land.