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Ophelia Along Florida Coast Update

By: AP
By: AP

A stronger Tropical Storm Ophelia has some worried along the north Florida coast.

Ophelia has stalled offshore about 70 miles east-northeast of Cape Canaveral, but forecasters say it's impossible to say what path the storm would take, or whether it would reach hurricane strength.

At 1 p-m central time, its top sustained winds were 65 miles-an-hour, but it remains nearly stationary.

Meanwhile, Florida's north coast which was spared by six previous hurricanes is bracing for Ophelia's approach.

At a Jacksonville Beach hotel, general manager Eric Fort is anxiously checking storm forecasts on the Internet. He has secured patio furniture and stocked up on water and canned goods.

Two shelters are scheduled to open today in Volusia County.


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