Hurricane plods along NC

Emergency management reports indicate Hurricane Ophelia has caused localized flooding overnight - but not severe widespread damage.

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE | September 15, 2005


Emergency management reports indicate Hurricane Ophelia has caused localized flooding overnight - but not severe widespread damage.

More than 120,000 people were without power Thursday morning, and some residents were stranded in their homes when floodwaters covered roads.

The storm took a turn to the east overnight, which might have spared the region further damage.

However, the threat was not yet over, since the storm was not expected to head back out to sea until late Thursday or early Friday.

The Category 1 hurricane still had sustained winds of 85 mph Thursday morning.

More than 12 inches of rain had fallen on Oak Island, at the mouth of Cape Fear River, south of Wilmington.

Water levels in Pamlico Sound were receding, and did not reach the flood levels seen during Hurricane Isabel in 2003, according to the National Weather Service.


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