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Tropical Storm Ophelia Hits East Coast with Flooding and Power Outages

Carl Belen
  • Tropical Storm Ophelia moves up the East Coast, causing flooding and power outages in New Jersey and New York.
  • The storm previously hit North Carolina, with landfall near Emerald Isle.
  • Coastal flooding and heavy rain persist from DC to NYC.

Tropical Storm Ophelia has brought heavy rainfall and flooding to the East Coast, particularly affecting New Jersey and New York after battering North Carolina. The National Hurricane Center confirmed that Ophelia made landfall near Emerald Isle, North Carolina, with maximum winds of 70mph and sustained winds of 61mph.

In the Tri-State area, residents experienced lingering adverse weather on Sunday. Coastal flooding and persistent rain were significant concerns, stretching from DC to NYC. North Carolina witnessed submerged roads, making it impossible for cars to navigate through the floodwaters.

In New Jersey, the storm's impact led to disruptions, with waves near the shore reaching up to 10 feet. Washington, DC's Cleveland Park Metro Station anticipated flooding, taking preventive measures like sandbagging. New York City residents faced torrential rain and strong winds, with the aftermath of Ophelia expected to continue into the new week.

Despite the inclement weather, the Global Citizen Festival in Central Park proceeded, with attendees braving the rain to watch performances. The National Hurricane Center's Philippe Papin noted that while tropical-storm-force winds were observed, they were starting to subside as Ophelia moved inland.

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