Topical storm strengthening near Jacksonville

Updated: September 7, 2005, 5:36 PM ET
Associated Press

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Tropical weather could play a bigger role than heat and humidity in the Jaguars' season opener.

Tropical Storm Ophelia strengthened Wednesday off Florida's Atlantic coast, threatening parts of the state and southern Georgia with strong wind and heavy rain.

The system could affect Sunday's game against the Seattle Seahawks and make Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio's jersey swap a moot point.

The Seahawks are planning to fly into Jacksonville on Friday.

And both teams are keeping a close watch on the unpredictable path.

The rain could dampen Del Rio's plan to make the Seahawks suffer in their dark jerseys.

He hoped the dark shirts will cause more sweat for players unaccustomed to dealing with the sweltering Florida heat.

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