Weakening Ophelia brings more rain and flood threat to U.S. East Coast By Reuters

© Reuters. Tropical storm Ophelia methods North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, U.S. in this image from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) GOES-East weather condition satellite, September 22, 2023. NOAA/Handout REUTERS

(Reuters) – Ophelia, reduced to a post-tropical cyclone, brought more rain and wind as it moved along the Atlantic Coast of the United States, forecasters stated on Sunday.

The weather condition system came ashore near Emerald Isle, North Carolina on Saturday where it splashed the area with torrential rainstorms and relentless winds that triggered flooding and prevalent power failures.

Ophelia was anticipated to slowly deteriorate as it churned north-northeast, however heavy rains still threatened to trigger flooding throughout a huge location of the Mid-Atlantic into southern New England, the National Hurricane Center (NOAA) stated in its last advisory on the storm.

Between one and 3 inches of rain might fall in locations affected by Ophelia, and forecasters cautioned that lethal browse and rip currents would affect much of the East Coast throughout the weekend.

In New Jersey, countless clients lacked power since Sunday early morning and some regions got a minimum of 4 inches of rain, regional media reported.

The National Weather Service in New York anticipated a couple of feet of “inundation above ground level” in waterside locations of Long Island’s Suffolk County.

As winds worked up by Ophelia slowed from hurricane-force on Saturday to around 25 miles per hour (35 km/h) on Sunday, forecasters revealed another storm had actually formed in the Atlantic.

Tropical storm Philippe had to do with 1,175 miles (1890 kilometers) west of the Cabo Verde islands which are near the West Coast of Africa.


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