The eye of Hurricane Ophelia is very close to the North Carolina coast. The area is experiencing severe conditions that will likely last for hours. Maximum sustained winds are up to 80 mph and the central pressure is down to 980 mb. Hurricane Ophelia is located about 40 mile south-southeast of Wilmington, NC, and about 85 miles southwest of Cape Lookout, NC. She is moving to the north-northeast at 7 mph.
At 11:00am EDT the Hurricane Warning has been extended northward to the North Carolina/Virginia border. A Hurricane Warning is now in effect from the Little River Inlet to the North Carolina/Virginia border, including Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds. At also 11:00am EDT, a Hurricane Watch and a Tropical Storm Warning are in effect north of the North Carolina/Virginia border to Cape Charles Light, VA, including the Chesapeake Bay south of New Point Comfort. At the same time, all warnings have been discontinued from South Santee River, SC, southward. The Hurricane Watch has been discontinued south of Little River Inlet. However, a Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect south of Little River Inlet to the South Santee River, SC.
The winds around Ophelia are strongest to the northeast and accordingly those to the north of the eyewall will receive the brunt of the impact. This will also help to create a higher storm surge across much of the Outer Banks.