Tropical Storm Warnings Issued For Eastern Seaboard

The Weather Channel reports:

Tropical Storm Ophelia has formed off the Southeast U.S. coast, and it will spread heavy rain, strong wind gusts, high surf, and coastal flooding up the Eastern Seaboard into the weekend. O​phelia became the 16th storm of the 2023 Atlantic hurricane season, including an unnamed subtropical storm in mid-January.

The National Hurricane Center has issued a tropical storm warning for eastern parts of North Carolina and Virginia to southern Maryland, including Chesapeake Bay, Albemarle Sound and Pamlico Sound. This means tropical storm force winds (39+ mph) will spread northward from North Carolina through Saturday.

The New York Times reports:

The National Hurricane Center estimated that the storm had sustained winds of about 60 miles per hour and was about 185 miles south of Cape Hatteras, N.C. Tropical disturbances are typically named when they have sustained winds of 39 m.p.h. Once winds reach 74 m.p.h., a storm becomes a hurricane; at 111 m.p.h., it becomes a major hurricane.

“We are starting to see some of the impacts,” Will Ray, North Carolina’s emergency management director, said in an interview on Friday, shortly after the storm transitioned to tropical storm strength.

At the state and county levels, residents have been advised to stock up on supplies and take other precautions, including securing outdoor furniture, monitoring official alerts and preparing an emergency plan.

The New York Daily News reports:

The storm threatens to bring heavy rain to New York City, Long Island and the Hudson Valley up to Albany on Saturday, Gov. Hochul’s office said. It could make for a messy weekend in New York, with risks of flooded roads, whipping winds and intense surf on the coast. New York airports may be disrupted.

In a statement, Hochul urged “all New Yorkers to monitor the weather forecast closely and prepare to act, if necessary, to protect yourself and others.” The city’s Emergency Management Office activated its flash flood emergency plan and was working with the National Weather Service to prepare.

New York City’s ABC affiliate reports:

The Global Citizen Festival is set to rock New York City’s Central Park on Saturday. The event, headlined by Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Anitta and Jung Kook of BTS, is designed to encourage its 60,000 ticket holders, especially those in Gen Z, to take action on extreme poverty, gender inequality, climate change and other issues.

Coastal flooding, strong winds, heavy rainfall, high risk of rip currents are all in the forecast, especially south and east.

The Global Citizen Festival happens rain or shine, organizers say, and it’s looking like it will be wet and cold. Attendees are urged to dress appropriately, including a good raincoat or poncho, rain boots or shoes, and dress in warm layers. Reminder, no umbrellas are allowed.