Forecasters say Tropical Storm Ophelia has strengthened into a hurricane with winds of about 80 mph off the southeast coast. Residents along North Carolina's coast awaited a storm named Ophelia that has vacillated between tropical storm and hurricane status. Forecasters say the current track brings the storm ashore in South Carolina next week and that could mean substantial rains for North Carolina. The weather service upgraded Ophelia to a hurricane today and issued a hurricane watch between the Savannah River in South Carolina and North Carolina's Cape Lookout. It already had been a tripocal storm and a hurricane earlier in the day. At an Emerald Isle fishing pier, an employee says the surf is rougher than it's been in days. One forecaster says the seas are "a mess" because of 12-foot waves off the coast. He says the waves from Ophelia and Hurricane
Nate and a local northeaster are collided with outgoing water at inlets when the tide falls to make for dangerous conditions.