Tropical Storm Ophelia is rapidly gaining strength off the East Coast, warranting heightened concern and preparations across the region.
With maximum sustained winds reaching 70 mph and gusts even higher, the storm is set to impact areas far beyond its center, bringing heavy rainfall and strong winds in its wake.
We're continuing to monitor water levels and winds for Tropical Storm Ophelia. View real-time data here: https://t.co/NMLGCh7EeQ
— NOAA's Ocean Service (@noaaocean) September 22, 2023
As the storm makes its way north-northwest toward the East Coast at a speed of approximately 13 mph, a hurricane watch has been issued for specific areas of eastern North Carolina. Ophelia’s center is projected to approach North Carolina’s coast on Friday night, potentially posing significant challenges for coastal residents.