Ophelia, downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone, introduced extra rain and wind because it moved alongside the Atlantic Coast of the USA, forecasters mentioned on Sunday (Sep 24).
The climate system got here ashore close to Emerald Isle, North Carolina on Saturday the place it doused the area with torrential downpours and unrelenting winds that precipitated flooding and widespread energy outages.
Ophelia was anticipated to steadily weaken because it churned north-northeast, however heavy rainfall nonetheless threatened to trigger flooding throughout an unlimited space of the Mid-Atlantic into southern New England, the Nationwide Hurricane Middle (NOAA) mentioned in its final advisory on the storm.
Between one and three inches of rain might fall in areas impacted by Ophelia, and forecasters warned that life-threatening surf and rip currents would influence a lot of the East Coast all through the weekend.
In New Jersey, hundreds of shoppers had been with out energy as of Sunday morning and a few localities obtained at the least 4 inches of rain, native media reported.
The Nationwide Climate Service in New York anticipated one or two ft of “inundation above floor degree” in waterfront areas of Lengthy Island’s Suffolk County.
As winds whipped up by Ophelia slowed from hurricane-force on Saturday to round 35kmh on Sunday, forecasters introduced one other storm had shaped within the Atlantic.
Tropical storm Philippe was about 1890km west of the Cabo Verde islands that are close to the West Coast of Africa.