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The eye of Hurricane Ophelia is moving slowly at 3 mph just off the coast of North Carolina as of 11:00 a.m. EST, Sept. 15. This Category One hurricane (lowest on the Saffir-Simpson scale) has sustained winds of 80 mph with higher gusts. Ophelia is expected to dump 3-5 more inches of rain on eastern North Carolina in the next 24 hours.
Here is the five-day track for Ophelia as of 11 a.m. EST Sept. 15. This slow-moving storm has taken unpredicted turns.
Typically, peak hurricane season lasts from the end of August to mid-September, when water temperatures rise above 82 degrees (as indicated by the orange highlight). This NASA map of water temperatures tracked during Hurricane Katrina shows why that storm picked up intensity over the Gulf of Mexico and why Ophelia gained strength in the Atlantic Ocean.