Weakening Ophelia brings more rain and flood risk to U.S. East Coast

(Reuters) – Ophelia, downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone, introduced extra rain and wind because it moved alongside the Atlantic Coast of america, forecasters mentioned on Sunday.

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 step by step weaken because it churned north-northeast, however heavy rainfall nonetheless threatened to trigger flooding throughout an enormous space of the Mid-Atlantic into southern New England, the Nationwide Hurricane Heart (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 affect a lot of the East Coast all through the weekend.

In New Jersey, 1000’s of consumers have been with out energy as of Sunday morning and a few localities acquired not less than 4 inches of rain, native media reported.

The Nationwide Climate Service in New York anticipated one or two ft of “inundation above floor stage” in waterfront areas of Lengthy Island’s Suffolk County.

As winds whipped up by Ophelia slowed from hurricane-force on Saturday to round 25 mph (35 km/h) on Sunday, forecasters introduced one other storm had fashioned within the Atlantic.

Tropical storm Philippe was about 1,175 miles (1890 kilometers) west of the Cabo Verde islands that are close to the West Coast of Africa.

(Reporting by Maria Caspani, Modifying by Chizu Nomiyama)

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