Tropical Storm Ophelia – Press Release 5

St. Johns County
Department of Emergency Management
Press Release – For Immediate Release
Date: September 8, 2005
Time: 8:00 AM
From: Ray Ashton
Director of Emergency Management
Tropical Storm Ophelia – Press Release 5
From the National Hurricane Center … Tropical Storm Ophelia barely moving …
A Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect for the East Coast of Florida from Cocoa Beach
Northward to Flagler Beach. A Tropical Storm Watch remains in effect for the Northeast
Florida Coast from North of Flagler Beach to Fernandina Beach.
At 8:00 AM the center of Tropical Storm Ophelia was located near Latitude 28.7 North,
Longitude 79.6 West or about 70 miles East-Northeast of Cape Canaveral, Florida. Ophelia
remains nearly stationary. A generally Northward drift is expected over the next 24-hours.
Maximum sustained winds remain near 60 mph with higher gusts. Slow strengthening is
forecast during the next 24-hours.
Tropical Storm Ophelia is expected to produce total rainfall accumulations of 1 – 3 inches
across portions of Central and Northern Florida and Southeastern Georgia, with isolated
maximum amounts of up to 5 inches.
Preparedness Information
Residents / Businesses are urged to keep informed to the latest forecast.
Review your family or business action plans
Replenish Emergency Supply Kits
Prepare for strong Tropical Storm force winds
Secure loose items in your yard
Secure Boats / RV’s / Campers
Small craft are urged to remain in Port
Be prepared for power outages
St. Johns County Protective Actions
St. Johns County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is monitoring Tropical Storm Ophelia.
St. Johns County EOC is operational from 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM and can be contacted by calling
St. Johns County EOC is participating in conference calls with the National Hurricane Center
and the National Weather Service.
For more information you may call SJC Emergency Management at (904) 824-5550,
or visit our website at