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Unprecedented Heavy Rainfall: Post-Tropical Cyclone Ophelia Drenches the Northeast

FAQs about the Impact of Post-tropical Cyclone Ophelia

Post-tropical cyclone Ophelia, though downgraded, continues to leave its mark on the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions. Here are some frequently asked questions to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the situation.

What is the Current Situation in the Affected Regions?

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As of the latest reports, post-tropical cyclone Ophelia has unleashed heavy rains and is still posing a risk of flash flooding along the Mid-Atlantic coast from Washington, D.C., to New York.

> "A vehicle moves through a flooded intersection following heavy rains from Ophelia on Sunday in Crisfield, Md."

How Much Rainfall Can We Expect?

Tropical Storm Ophelia weakens to a depression - ABC News

According to the National Hurricane Center’s final advisory on Ophelia, some areas in the Mid-Atlantic to southern New England can expect to receive between 1 and 3 inches of rainfall. This heavy rain from Ophelia brings with it a significant risk of flash flooding from Virginia to New Jersey.

> "Heavy rain from Ophelia will also pose a risk of flash flooding from Virginia to New Jersey, according to the hurricane center."

Are There Any Additional Risks Associated with Ophelia’s Impact?

While Ophelia weakens, it’s important to note that the swells generated by the cyclone are likely to continue producing life-threatening surf and rip current conditions along the East Coast. Coastal flooding remains a significant threat in portions of the Chesapeake Bay.

What About Power Outages?

Live N.J. power outage tracker: Tropical Storm Ophelia winds knock out power to thousands - nj.com

The impact of Ophelia has resulted in power outages, with nearly 8,000 customers in Maryland and 4,700 customers in Pennsylvania experiencing electricity disruptions on Sunday afternoon, according to PowerOutage.US, which tracks outages across the country.

Have Any States Declared a State of Emergency?

In response to Ophelia’s impending threat, the governors of Maryland, North Carolina, and Virginia declared a state of emergency on Friday.

How Severe Was Ophelia at Landfall?

Tropical Storm Ophelia makes landfall in North Carolina as coastal areas lashed with heavy rain | WJAR

Ophelia made landfall near Emerald Isle, N.C., around 6:15 a.m. ET on Saturday, with maximum winds of 70 mph. As it moved through central North Carolina, winds reaching between 20 and 25 mph, with gusts of 35 to 45 mph, resulted in downed trees and additional power outages.

> "In Raleigh, Ophelia dumped over 3 inches of rain on Saturday, breaking the area’s daily record set in 1906 by more than an inch."

Any Notable Records Set?

In Raleigh, Ophelia dumped over 3 inches of rain on Saturday, breaking the area’s daily record set in 1906 by more than an inch. The town of Fuquay-Varina, located south of Raleigh, received nearly 5 inches of rainfall over the weekend. Parts of central and southern Virginia also accumulated between 3 and 5 inches of rainfall.

What’s the Latest on Tropical Storm Philippe?

As Ophelia weakens, it’s worth noting that another storm, tropical storm Philippe, is forming in the Atlantic. As of Sunday at 5 p.m. ET, the storm was 1,225 miles from the Cabo Verde Islands, traveling west-northwest with maximum winds of 50 mph. No watches or warnings related to Philippe have been issued at this time.

> "Ophelia was downgraded from a tropical depression to a post-tropical cyclone on Saturday night. The center discontinued all storm surge and tropical storm warnings on Saturday."

A Reminder of the Climate Change Impact

Tropical Storm Ophelia off the mid-Atlantic coast producing winds just below hurricane force

Finally, it’s essential to recognize that floods have become more frequent and severe in most of the U.S. due to more extreme precipitation and sea-level rise resulting from climate change.

Stay safe, stay informed, and adhere to any evacuation or safety instructions issued by local authorities as post-tropical cyclone Ophelia continues to impact the Northeast.

For real-time updates and safety information, please refer to your local weather and emergency services.

Remember, safety comes first during severe weather events.

Note: Information in this article is based on the latest available data as of September 2021.

Understanding Ophelia’s Resilience Impact

Is Storm Ophelia a post-tropical cyclone?

Amid its journey along the U.S. East Coast, Storm Ophelia, previously a formidable hurricane, has undergone a transformation. Designated as a post-tropical cyclone, it continues to exert its influence with persistent rain and gusty winds along the Atlantic Coast of the United States. This transition signifies a change in its characteristics, as it evolves from a classic tropical cyclone into a more complex weather system.

How did Tropical Storm Ophelia affect North Carolina?

On Saturday, Tropical Storm Ophelia made a significant impact on North Carolina when it made landfall near Emerald Isle. The storm brought with it powerful winds, resulting in widespread power outages that affected thousands of residents. Additionally, Ophelia’s presence led to flooding that forced the closure of roads in various parts of the Mid-Atlantic region. Coastal areas along the North Carolina coast experienced conditions akin to a tropical storm as Ophelia continued its northward trajectory.

How much rain will Ophelia cause?

Ophelia’s presence brings with it the potential for a moderate to significant amount of rainfall. In areas affected by the storm, we can anticipate rainfall totals ranging between one to three inches. Alongside this precipitation, forecasters have issued a critical warning of life-threatening surf and rip currents that will persist along a substantial portion of the East Coast throughout the weekend.

Will Ophelia cause flooding in New England?

Despite its anticipated gradual weakening and north-northeast movement, Ophelia remains a potential source of concern for flooding. The National Hurricane Center (NOAA) cautioned that heavy rainfall associated with the storm still poses a significant risk. This threat extends across a wide expanse, encompassing the Mid-Atlantic and stretching into southern New England, as stated in NOAA’s final advisory on the storm.

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