Friday, September 09, 2005

Ophelia may be bluffing

While the Gulf Coast recovers from Katrina, the East Coast has been keeping it's eye on another storm:

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. - Hurricane Ophelia weakened to a tropical storm and began drifting away from Florida's northeast coast early Friday, but that may not be the end of it for the peninsula, Georgia or the Carolinas.

Though Ophelia's top sustained winds had dropped to 65 mph, forecasters warned some models showed it turning back toward land as a hurricane sometime next week.

"By no means should people take this short-term motion as being let off the hook here," National Hurricane Center meteorologist Jamie Rhome said. "I don't want people to say, 'Whew this one's going out to sea.' There's still a possibility that it could loop back."

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