Hurricane Ophelia Projected Path: North and South Carolina Coast
September 11th 2005
Hurricane Ophelia is about 245 miles
east-south-east of Charleston South Carolina is slowly drifting
westward. A hurricane watch is in effect from just north of Edisto
Beach South Carolina northward to Cape Lookout North Carolina.
Ophelia is expected to hit land within 36 hours (or until about 8 AM
The National Weather Service has also issued a
tropical storm warning for the southeast coast from the South Santee
River Northeastward to Cape Lookout North Carolina. This means you
can expect tropical storm conditions within the next 24 hour. Both
the watches and warnings are expected to move northward over the
The Hurricane spinning speed is about 75 to 80 MPH
just barely making it a category one on the Saffir-Simpson Scale.
The weather service does not expect any significant change in
strength over the next 24 hours. The Hurricane force winds extend
about 30 miles from the center. Tropical storm force winds extend
outward about 160 miles.
Governor Mike Easley of North Carolina has sent
200 National Guard soldiers to staging centers in eastern North
Carolina. He has also ordered a mandatory evacuation of tourists
visiting fragile Ocracoke Island on the Outer Banks according to
CNN. The island can only be reached by ferry. Residents were
allowed to stay.
The Governor is worried about coastal flooding.
The hurricane is already piling up heavy surf and challenging
surfers. Near Wilmington at Wrightwood Beach lifeguards are
prompting swimmers to get out of the water. Few fishermen have
visited the local piers.
Ophelia is the seventh hurricane in the Atlantic
this year. The hurricane season began on June 1sst and ends
November 30th. This is peak hurricane season which lasts
from the end of August through mid September.
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