Downgraded Tropical Storm Ophelia dumps more than a foot of rain in NC; N.O. floodwaters still toxic; Gov. takes responsibility for ‘failures'; Water, sewer back online in most of Biloxi; At least 50 evacuees died in TX; One dead in WI storms; Pacific NW seismic slip; Major quake may be worse than Katrina; Severe geomagnetic storm
Ophelia, Now A Tropical Storm, Exits After Dumping More Than A Foot Of Rain In Parts Of NC: Ophelia’s large eye passed just south of the Cape Hatteras area this afternoon after battering the North Carolina coast for a second day and cutting power to about 70,000 Wednesday. Live Streaming Video: WNCN-TV 17, Raleigh, Weather Plus | Online Coverage: Damage assessment begins | The News & Observer | WNCT-TV 9, Greenville | From Raleigh: WRAL-TV 5 | WNCN-TV 17 | From Wilmington: WECT-TV 6 | WWAY-TV 3 | NHC advisory | Blogs: CapitalWeather & WeatherMatrix (More listed in the left column)
Ophelia Weather Images: Image slideshows from WRAL-TV, WWAY-TV and WNCN-TV | Weather and webcam images for North Carolina Coast and other cities | Storm precipitation totals from the National Weather Service and AccuWeather | NWS radar, radar loop and short-range radar | Forecast track models and 5-day track | Satellite and loop | IR sat. and loop | Interactive hurricane tracker for all 2004-05 storms | NWS current watches/warnings map | U.S. satellite/radar image
Katrina Update: New EPA samples show N.O. floodwaters still toxic; City’s air quality OK | Gov. Blanco takes responsibility for ‘failures’ | Dedicated doctors fight to keep charity hospital alive | At least 50 evacuees have died in Texas | NYPD officers who worked in N.O.: It was worse than on TV | Nursing home owners charged in storm deaths | From Mississippi: Schooners survive | Commercial space is now a hot ticket | Water, sewer back online in most of Biloxi area | Vinh and John look out for one another | Contractor mistakenly destroys old oaks | $500M in relief set for Red Cross
Other Weather News: Rain forecast for most of Texas on Thursday: It hasn’t rained at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport since Aug. 15.
Quake News: Seismic slip begins in Pacific Northwest | Major quake could be worse than Katrina | Centuries of pent up stress caused biggest quake | Current earthquakes are listed in the left column of this page, and maps, etc. are in the right column of our National/International page
Space News: From SpaceWeather.com: A coronal mass ejection (CME) is racing toward Earth and it could spark a severe geomagnetic storm when it arrives — perhaps tonight (Sept. 14 and 15). People everywhere should watch for auroras. Aurora image gallery
After being the most-visited WXnation city page for 18 straight days (a certain record), New Orleans is no longer No. 1. For the first time since Aug. 26, another city page — ironically one created just two days ago for the NC coast — takes the top spot, thanks to Hurricane Ophelia:
Top 5 WXnation.com city weather and webcam pages visited on Wednesday: 1. Wilmington/NC Coast 2. New Orleans 3. Raleigh 4. Charlotte 5. Toronto … See the top 20 so far this month in the center column of our home page.