Post-Tropical Cyclone Ophelia has threatened heavy rain, floods and power outages in New York City and Washington DC
Post-Tropical Cyclone Ophelia has threatened heavy rain, floods and power outages in New York City and Washington DC, according to forecasters. It made landfall in North Carolina early Saturday.
The storm triggered states of emergency in North Carolina, Virginia and Maryland. It is expected to hover above Delaware on Sunday evening, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC). New Jersey was affected on Sunday morning as about 6000 customers faced a power outage.
The NHC in a statement said that though the storm was downgraded, it could still cause floods.
“Heavy rainfall from Ophelia may produce localised flash and urban flooding impacts across portions of Mid-Atlantic states from Virginia to New Jersey through today,” the NHC wrote on Sunday.“Swells generated by Ophelia will affect much of the US east coast through the remainder of the weekend, likely causing life-threatening surf and rip currents.”
Heavy rain is expected in New York City and some part of the East Coast at the storm goes into the Atlantic Ocean. The city issued a travel warning Friday night. “Life-threatening” rip currents, rough surf and beach erosion are also expected.
Meanwhile, The National Weather Service has extended the Coastal Flood Advisory for the District of Columbia until Monday, September 25th at 6 AM EDT. A Flood Watch has been issued in Washington DC.
Ophelia was south of Washington on Sunday morning. It is expected to continue moving northeast before turning east, according to the hurricane center. Videos on social media showed flooding in New Bern, Belhaven and Washington.