Tropical Storm Ophelia made landfall early Saturday on the North Carolina coast near the Emerald Isle as it moved north along the U.S. East Coast.
Before the storm arrived, the governors of Virginia, North Carolina and Maryland declared states of emergency. Ophelia was expected to bring heavy rain, tropical storm force winds and minor flooding along state coasts through the weekend.
Forecasters warned of heavy rainfall of up to 7 inches in parts of North Carolina and Virginia, as well as 2 to 4 inches of precipitation across the Mid-Atlantic region over the weekend. end because of Ophelia.
A tropical storm warning has been issued between Cape Fear, North Carolina, and Fenwick Island, Delaware.
About 70,000 homes and businesses experienced power outages in North Carolina and Virginia when the storm made landfall.
Saturday’s Major League Baseball game between the Washington Nationals and the visiting Atlanta Braves was postponed until Sunday because of the storm.
According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC), the storm was packing maximum sustained winds of 65 mph as of 8 a.m. Saturday.
The storm is expected to gradually weaken as it moves northward along the eastern coast of the United States, reaching Maryland by Sunday.