Ophelia runs out of steam

U.S. forecasters downgraded Ophelia to tropical storm status early Monday

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  • Ophelia is now "post-tropical cyclone"
  • The storm is expected to completely dissipate by Tuesday
Ophelia quickly ran out of steam over the cold Atlantic waters off Newfoundland on Monday, ending the storm's run as a hurricane as it swept past the Avalon Peninsula.
The storm was downgraded a tropical storm early Monday and then transitioned to a "post-tropical cyclone," meaning it no longer had certain tropical characteristics, though it still had top sustained winds of about 95 kph (60 mph).
Ophelia was centered about 175 kilometers (110 miles) north-northeast of Cape Race, Newfoundland, at 11 a.m. Atlantic Time and was moving northeast at about 59 kph (37 mph), according to the U.S. National Weather Service. Tropical storm-force winds extended out up to 465 kilometers (290 miles) from the center, primarily to the east and south, it said.
The storm is expected to dissipate completely by Tuesday, when it should be absorbed by a cold front, the weather service said.
In addition to gusty winds and rain, the storm had been expected to bring heavy surf conditions to the southeast coast of Newfoundland, the weather service said.