Tropical storm warnings have been issued spanning from North Carolina to Maryland on Thursday in anticipation of a system expected to evolve into Tropical Storm Ophelia.
As of now, there is no active storm, but the system is projected to become more organized in the next 24 hours. It is anticipated to intensify into Tropical Storm Ophelia on Friday or Friday night, drawing nearer to the North Carolina coastline.
The arrival of rain, tropical storm-level winds, and storm surges is expected late Friday into Saturday, affecting regions in the Carolinas and along the Mid-Atlantic coast.
Caribbean Storm On Saturday morning, Ophelia is expected to make landfall as a tropical storm along the coast of North Carolina.
The tropical storm warning encompasses cities such as Wilmington, North Carolina; Norfolk, Virginia; and Ocean City, Maryland. Furthermore, storm surge alerts have been issued for parts of the beaches in North Carolina and southeastern Virginia.
The most substantial rainfall, potentially reaching up to 6 inches, is anticipated in eastern North Carolina and Virginia, with potential coastal flooding.
By Saturday morning, heavy rainfall will advance northward along the Interstate 95 corridor, impacting Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, and New York City.
Coastal areas from North Carolina to New Jersey could receive approximately 3 inches of rain.
The rainfall and strong winds are expected to persist through Saturday, likely diminishing by the evening. However, clouds and showers are forecast to linger in parts of the Northeast on Sunday as the storm gradually departs the region.