Ophelia Regains Strength in the Atlantic

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TALLAHASSEE - Tropical Storm Ophelia has regained hurricane strength and could threaten the southeastern Atlantic coast from the Carolinas to northern Florida. That's the latest word from forecasters at the National Hurricane Center.

The hurricane center says residents in northern Florida and the Carolinas should closely watch the storm. At 11 pm eastern daylight time on Friday, Ophelia was centered about 255 miles east-northeast of Daytona Beach and about 240 miles south-southeast of Charleston, South Carolina. The Category One hurricane is moving northeast near nine miles per hour. Its top sustained winds are near 75 miles per hour.

Construction workers finished repairing a section of State Road A1A near Flagler Beach after Ophelia pushed Atlantic waves up a 15 foot embankment on Friday.

Ophelia is the season's seventh Atlantic hurricane.