southern comfort, anyone???
( Yes, as in the spirits/beverage.
Ophelia - now a hurricane - hovers off Florida, puzzles forecasters
Last Updated Thu, 08 Sep 2005 19:22:51 EDT
Ophelia strengthened -- and with sustained winds of 120 km/h -- became a hurricane off Florida's Atlantic Coast Thursday as it frustrated attempts to predict its direction and destination.
Forecasters said it was still not clear where Ophelia was headed. If it hits Florida, it would become the third hurricane to strike the state this year and the seventh in the last 13 months.
"The storm is eating up our dunes," said Carl Laundrie, communications manager for Flagler County. Two shelters in Flagler County were being readied as a precaution. In neighbouring Volusia County, 12 people had already moved into the county's three shelters.
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"We have to wait and see what (Ophelia) is going to do. The possibilities are endless," said Steve Letro, a meteorologist with the U.S. National Weather Service in Jacksonville, Fla.
Ophelia stayed pretty much in the same place for the past two days and was expected to start moving north slowly, and possibly turn out into the Atlantic over the next few days, but forecasters are not sure what it will do.
"This one is going to keep everybody on the edge of their seats for quite some time," Letro said.
Ophelia could dump 2.5 to 12.5 cm of rain in central and north Florida and southeast Georgia. Rain that heavy could set off dangerous rip tides along the southeastern coast of the United States.
"These are 10- to 12-foot waves. They can literally pile-drive you into the bottom," said Scott Petersohn, spokesman for the Volusia County Beach Patrol in Daytona Beach.
The hurricane season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30 with peak activity from the end of August through mid-September.
Meh...it'll be nothing compared to Hurricane Juan we got 2 years ago..I'm just going to get soggy, that's all