A little more than a week after Hurricane
Katrina landed in the Gulf States, another storm is taking shape just off
Florida’s east coast.
Tropical Storm Ophelia continues to strengthen, and is expected to
meander just off the east Florida coast for the next few days. A tropical storm
warning – meaning tropical storm conditions are expected within the warning
area in the next 24 hours – remains in effect for the east coast of Florida
from Sebastian Inlet northward to Flagler Beach.
A tropical storm watch – meaning tropical storm conditions are possible
within the next 36 hours – remains in effect for the northeast coast of Florida
from north of Flagler Beach to Fernandina Beach.
At 11 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, the center of Tropical Storm Ophelia was
located about 85 miles east-northeast of Cape Canaveral, FL.
Ophelia is moving toward the northwest at 3 mph, and is expected to
continue that path during the next day or two. Maximum sustained winds have
increased to near 50 mph with higher gusts. Some strengthening is forecast
during the next 24 hours.
Rainfall accumulations of 3 to 5 inches, with isolated higher amounts
of 8 inches, can be expected across portions of central and northern Florida,
and southeastern Georgia.