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Ophelia leaves N.C., heads north

Associated Press

HATTERAS, N.C. – Ophelia finally took leave of North Carolina on Friday, downgraded to a tropical storm but picking up speed for a possible run-in with the New England coast.

The storm left extensive damage in eastern North Carolina, including beach erosion and ravaged homes and businesses, but overall the region was spared the devastating blow that some feared when Ophelia first brushed the coast Tuesday.

Ophelia, which meandered north after forming off the Florida coast last week, was offshore again, moving north-northeast at 8 mph, the National Hurricane Center said. At 5 p.m. EDT, Ophelia was centered about 355 miles south-southwest of Massachusetts’ Nantucket island.

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