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Hurricane Olga Swirls Over Atlantic

November 28, 2001

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MIAMI (AP) _ Hurricane Olga threw high waves against the coast on Wednesday but it remained far out to sea east of Bermuda.

Olga, which developed Monday, just days before the Nov. 30 end of the hurricane season, is never expected to directly threaten any land, forecasters said.

``With any luck, in three or four days it could be gone by dissipating, and we think that will happen way out to sea,″ said James Franklin, a hurricane specialist at the National Hurricane Center.

On Wednesday, swells up to 20 feet were reported off Bermuda, with 14-foot breakers off parts of the northeastern Florida coast. Farther north, 6- to 8-foot swells were reported along North Carolina’s Outer Banks.

Swells were likely to continue affecting parts of the East Coast, the Bahamas and the islands of the northern Caribbean for the next few days.

At 10 a.m. EST, Olga was centered about 485 miles east of Bermuda with maximum sustained wind of 85 mph. It was moving toward the southwest at 5 mph after meandering in a loop on Tuesday.

Olga is the 15th named storm and the ninth hurricane of the six-month Atlantic hurricane season.

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National Hurricane Center: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov

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