MIAMI (CBS4) –Hurricane Ophelia is is gaining strength in the Atlantic.

At 11 p.m. Thursday, the center of the system was about 735 miles south-southeast of  Bermuda. Maximum sustained winds were 85 mph with some higher gusts.

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The storm was moving to the north-northwest near 9 mph. A turn to the north and an increase in speed is expected Friday.

The National Hurricane Center issued a tropical storm watch for the island of Bermuda.

Ophelia has already caused flooding and cut off communities on Dominica.

About 1,600 people were stranded on the island and nearly a dozen cars have washed away.

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Currently there are no watches or warnings posted for this storm.

You can get complete details on the storm, including up-to date maps and forecasts, at the CBSMiami Tropical Weather Center.

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