- by cnn
- 02 Dec 2023
Tropical Storm Ophelia is heading up the East Coast after making landfall early Saturday near Emerald Isle, North Carolina, delivering heavy rain, strong winds and coastal flooding well beyond its center.
Here are the storm's latest impacts:
The tropical storm roared ashore around 6:15 a.m. with 70 mph sustained winds, just shy of hurricane strength.
By 5 p.m., maximum sustained winds decreased to 40 mph, though the tropical-storm force winds extend up to 310 miles from Ophelia's core, the National Hurricane Center said. It is expected to continue weakening.
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Ophelia's center is on track to move across southeastern Virginia through Saturday night before heading farther north across the Delmarva Peninsula by Sunday, the hurricane center said.
The storm's shield of rain extends hundreds of miles from its center and has dumped heavy rain across a large swath of the mid-Atlantic, including Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey and New York.
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