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Tropical Storm Ophelia forms in the Atlantic; 15th named storm of 2017 hurricane season

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The latest on tropical storms Nate and Ophelia (all times local):
    
10:55 a.m.
    
The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says that a depression in open Atlantic has strengthened to a tropical storm.
    
The center says Tropical Storm Ophelia is about 860 miles (1,385 kilometers) west-southwest of the Azores and poses no threat to land.
    
No coastal watches or warnings are in effect as of the hurricane center's 11 a.m. EDT advisory.

    
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10:10 a.m.
    
A volunteer firefighter clearing debris after storms associated with Tropical Storm Nate died when he was hit by a car in western North Carolina.
    
The Triple Community Fire Department says firefighters were called to U.S. Highway 70 in Morganton shortly before midnight Sunday when 40-year-old Jason Keith Hensley was struck. The fire department said Hensley was wearing reflective gear.
    
The North Carolina Highway Patrol says 58-year-old Randall Stewart has been charged with driving while impaired and several other traffic and drug charges. It was not known if he has an attorney yet.
    
More than 10,000 customers were without electricity. Duke Energy reported the outages were worst on Monday in Polk and Macon counties.
    
The National Weather Service was working to confirm whether damage was caused by tornadoes.
    
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4:10 a.m.
    
Nate slogged its way across the U.S. East Coast on Monday, dumping heavy rains and bringing gusty winds to inland states as a tropical depression, a day after Hurricane Nate brought a burst of flooding and power outages to the U.S. Gulf Coast.
    
Nate spared the region the kind of catastrophic damage left by a series of hurricanes that hit the southern U.S. and Caribbean in recent weeks.
    
Nate - the first hurricane to make landfall in Mississippi since Katrina in 2005 - quickly lost strength Sunday, with its winds diminishing to a tropical depression as it pushed northward into Alabama and Georgia with heavy rain. It was a Category 1 hurricane when it came ashore outside Biloxi early Sunday, its second landfall after initially hitting southeastern Louisiana on Saturday evening.

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