Tropical storm still lurking

Nearly stationary Tropical Storm Ophelia was still about 150 miles south of Wilmington, S.C., by Tuesday morning.

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE | September 13, 2005


Nearly stationary Tropical Storm Ophelia was still about 150 miles south of Wilmington, S.C., by Tuesday morning.

A slow move toward the northwest and north was expected later Tuesday. The stormís strongest winds will reach the coastline well in advance of the center, forecasters said. A 4-6 foot storm surge was expected. The storm could produce rainfall of 6-10 inches over far northeastern South Carolina and eastern North Carolina with possible isolated maximum rainfall amounts of 15 inches over eastern North Carolina.

A hurricane warning was still issued from the south Santee River, S.C., to Cape Lookout in North Carolina. A hurricane watch was posted from north of Cape Lookout to Oregon Inlet, N.C., including Pamlico Sound. A tropical storm warning and a hurricane watch were in effect north of Cape Lookout to Oregon Inlet, including the Pamlico Sound in North Carolina.

The storm had maximum sustained winds of 70 mph, and had the potential to regain hurricane strength over the next day. Tropical storm-force winds extend 160 miles from the center.


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