MIAMI -- Two hurricanes
named Maria and Nate and one tropical storm named Ophelia churned
and swirled simultaneously in the Atlantic from the east coast of
Florida north to Bermuda on Sept. 7 and 8, lending further credence
to this hurricane season 2005 being one of the busiest, most
active, costliest and deadliest.
Even as evacuations
continued along the Gulf Coast from Hurricane Katrina, the National
Hurricane Center eyed the brisk winds (reaching around 50 mph) and
bands of rain from Tropical Storm Ophelia as she moved along the
north Florida coast.
High winds and rain are
predicted over the next few days as Ophelia meanders over the
central and northern portions of the state. At last check, Ophelia
was nearly stationary and just hanging out about 80 miles off the
Florida coast near Cape Canaveral with a slow strengthening
Nate, a Category 1 hurricane with winds topping 85 mph, lurked
about 200 miles southwest of Bermuda and was expected to make it
closest approach to Bermuda during the day on Thursday. Heavy rain
and some flooding were predicted.
Hurricane Maria, also a
Category 1 storm with winds hitting around 80 mph, moved across the
North Atlantic and posed no threat to land.
reporter Gay Nagle Myers, send e-mail to [email protected].