Ophelia 'Barely' a Tropical Cyclone | NBC 6 South Florida

Ophelia 'Barely' a Tropical Cyclone

Storm is not expected to affect South Florida



    Ophelia as of 5 a.m. Sunday.

    Tropical Storm Ophelia is "barely" maintaning its status as a tropical cyclone, forecasters say, and newly-formed Tropical Storm Philippe currently poses no threat to Florida.

    Ophelia's maximum winds have decreased to near 40 mph and little change in strength is expected over the next 48 hours, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

    The National Weather Service says Ophelia is 235 east of the Leeward Islands, currently moving west at 12 mph.

    The storm is not currently forecast to affect the Florida coast, and there are no coastal watches and warnings in effect.

    Philippe formed Saturday night west of the southernmost Cape Verde Islands, and is expected to move northwest into the open Atlantic Ocean.

    Tropical Storm Philippe's forecasted path: