Tropical Storm Warning Issued for North Carolina and Mid-Atlantic Coasts
The North Carolina and mid-Atlantic coasts are bracing for potential impacts as a tropical storm warning has been issued for these areas. The storm, currently known as Potential Tropical Cyclone 16, is located off the east coast of Florida with winds of 35 mph. It is expected to strengthen into a tropical storm by Friday and could be given the name Ophelia or Philippe.
The warning extends from just south of Wilmington, NC to the Maryland-Delaware state line. Tropical storm-force winds are predicted to arrive as early as Friday in North Carolina. Residents are being advised to take necessary precautions and stay updated on the storm’s progress.
In addition to the tropical storm warning, a storm surge watch has also been issued. Certain areas are at risk of experiencing up to 4 feet of surge. Residents in these areas should remain vigilant and be prepared for potential flooding.
The storm is expected to bring widespread rain to the Carolinas, Virginia, and parts of New England. Eastern North Carolina is expected to receive the most rainfall, with totals of 4 to 6 inches likely. Meanwhile, inland areas including Pennsylvania could receive 1 to 2 inches of rain.
As the storm approaches, wind speeds are expected to increase. Gusts of 30-40 mph are anticipated along the coast on Friday. These strong winds, combined with already saturated ground, may lead to downed trees and power outages in affected areas.
One of the major concerns with this storm is the presence of dangerous rip currents and coastal flooding. Rip currents are a high risk from Florida to New Jersey, and coastal flooding is possible from North Carolina to New Jersey. It is crucial for beachgoers and coastal residents to heed any warnings or advisories given by local authorities.
Moreover, major-to-moderate flooding is forecasted for certain areas in the Virginia Tidewater and Delaware Bay region on Saturday. Residents in these regions should be prepared for possible flooding and take appropriate measures to protect their properties.
As the storm progresses, it is vital for residents to stay informed about the latest updates and follow any evacuation orders or safety recommendations given by local officials. By staying prepared, residents can help ensure their safety during this potentially dangerous weather event.
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