Hurricane Ophelia is crashing into the Outer Banks this morning as it leaves Wilmington, Beaufort and towns to the south behind.
The National Hurricane Center says the storm has sustained winds
of 85 miles an hour and is expected to dump another three- to six
inches of rain on North Carolina's coast.
More than 120-thousand homes and business are without power
early today in eastern North Carolina.
At three a-m, Ophelia's center was about 15 miles south-southeast of Cape Lookout and moving northeast toward Cape Hatteras about 65 miles away.
The hurricane center says the storm may never make landfall in
North Carolina as it hugs and parallels the Outer Banks through the
Hurricane warnings cover about 220 miles along the state's coast
from Surf City north of Wilmington to the Virginia line.