The weather system that used to be Tropical Storm Ophelia was rekindled and became Tropical Depression Ophelia late Tuesday afternoon, and is expected to bring 2 to 4 inches of rain to the Northern Leeward Islands, according to the National Hurricane Center. Forecasters expect Tropical Depression Ophelia to turn northwest, and then north-northwest, over the next two days. They also say she could become Tropical Storm Ophelia again Wednesday.
Late Tuesday afternoon, Tropical Depression Ophelia was at latitude 17.6 north, longitude 60.5 west, or about 175 miles east-southeast of the Northern Leeward Islands. Her top winds were at 30 miles per hour, and she was moving west-northwest at 5 miles per hour. Her lowest central pressure was at 1008 millibars, or 29.77 inches.
Philippe to weaken
Meanwhile, a slow weakening of Tropical Storm Philippe in the east Atlantic is expected in the next 48 hours. Late Tuesday morning, Philippe was at latitude 15.8 north, longitude 35.3 west, or about 750 miles west of the Cape Verde Islands. The top winds of the storm were at 45 miles per hour, and it was moving northwest at 5 miles per hour. The lowest central pressure was at 1003 millibars, or 29.62 inches.
Hillary expected to weaken with turn north
Hurricane Hillary in the east Pacific remains a Category Three storm, but is expected to weaken gradually as she turns northward on Wednesday. Forecasters say Hillary’s winds are down to 115 miles per hour now, as she moves west at 10 miles per hour. Early Tuesday, Hillary was at latitude 16.8 north, longitude 116.4 west, or about 595 miles southwest of the southern tip of Baja, California. Her lowest central pressure was at 961 millibars, or 28.38 inches.
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Rain lessening in Daytona area
Forecasters say to watch for isolated showers and thunderstorms in the Daytona Beach area Tuesday night before 8 pm. Lows will be around 72 with winds east-northeast around 5 to 10 miles per hour. The chance of rain Tuesday night and during the day Wednesday is 20 percent. The highs Wednesday will be near 89.
For boaters from Flagler Beach to the Volusia/Brevard County line, out 20 nautical miles, winds will be southeast 5 to 10 knots Tuesday night and overnight. The National Weather Service in Melbourne says seas will be 3 to 4 feet with a dominant period of 11 seconds Tuesday night. Intracoastal waters will be smooth Tuesday night, with a light chop Wednesday. Winds Wednesday will be northwest 5 to 10 knots becoming east Wednesday afternoon. Seas will be 3 to 4 feet with a dominant period of 10 seconds Wednesday, along with isolated showers and thunderstorms.
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