Three more storms spinning offshore


SEPT. 8 — The National Hurricane Center  on Wednesday issued advisories about two hurricanes heading toward Bermuda and a tropical storm on a course toward Florida.

As of 2 p.m. Wednesday, the hurricane center said the center of hurricane Nate, a Category One hurricane, was about 215 miles south-southwest of Bermuda. Maximum sustained winds were recorded at 85 mph and the storm was drifting north-northeast, the hurricane center reported. It was expected that winds would continue to strengthen and that Nate’s center would pass just south of Bermuda Wednesday night or Thursday morning.

The center of Hurricane Maria, another Category One hurricane, was about 835 miles east-northeast of Bermuda and 1,320 miles west of the Azores, the hurricane center reported at 11 a.m. Maximum sustained winds were recorded at 80 mph and the hurricane was moving northeast at about 14 mph. The hurricane was expected to weaken over the following 24 hours.

The greatest threat to the coastal United States comes from Tropical Storm Ophelia. The hurricane center issued a tropical storm warning for the East Coast of Florida — from Sebastian Inlet north to Flagger Beach — and a tropical storm watch for Flagger Beach to Fernandina Beach. At 2 p.m. the center of tropical storm Ophelia was about 80 miles east-northeast of Cape Canaveral, Fla. Maximum sustained winds were near 50 mph, and the storm was expected to drift northwest over the following 24 hours. Rainfall accumulations between 3 and 5 inches were expected, with isolated instances of 8 inches across portions of central and northern Florida and southeastern Georgia, the hurricane center reported.

— Jason Fell