Tropical Storm Ophelia making landfall in North Carolina, September 23, 2023. /CFP
U.S. residents in coastal North Carolina and Virginia were flooded on Saturday when Tropical Storm Ophelia made landfall near a barrier island in North Carolina, bringing rain, severe gusts and deadly surges.
The storm made landfall at Emerald Isle with near-hurricane-force winds of 113 kph, but the winds diminished as it moved north, with the storm's center crossing into Virginia by nightfall, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center. Ophelia is forecast to move northeast down the mid-Atlantic coast to New Jersey on Sunday.
At 7:44 p.m. EDT, the center reported that Ophelia had weakened to a tropical depression, a weak version of a tropical storm, and that all storm surge and tropical storm warnings had been lifted.
(With input from AP)
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